Greencastle Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. has issued a proclamation in support of “Bells Across Pennsylvania,” an initiative of the Pennsylvania Mayors’ Association, which will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3.
Churches and all Pennsylvanians are asked to ring bells for three minutes, one minute each:
n To recognize and honor first responders, health care workers, employees of grocery stores, pharmacies, essential product logistics and transportation and other life-sustaining businesses that have maintained essential services while at risk of infection from COVID-19.
1. n To show solidarity with officials and residents of municipalities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all of whom are fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines together.
2. n To demonstrate a collective resolve that Pennsylvania will prevail over COVID-19 and work tirelessly to ensure that businesses and civic life will thrive once again.
In honor of Bells Across Pennsylvania, the Rescue Hose Co. will have its fleet parked on the apron in front of the station at 842 S. Washington St. from 6 to 7 p.m. Local residents can drive by the fire station to see the fire apparatus and fire department and EMS personnel — while maintaining social distancing.
"This is a good opportunity for parents and grandparents to drive children by the fire station and wave at our brave volunteers and staff as they are on the frontine fighting COVID-19," Thomas said.
"Citizens are also asked to 'Shine Your Lights for Firefighters' on May 4 and 5 with a red bulb on their front porch light for International Firefighters’ Day, sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation," the mayor said.
"Show your appreciation by honoring our Rescue Hose Co. personnel as they continue to serve us 24 hours a day," Thomas concluded.