MARSHALL, Texas (KSLA) — The sound of Marshall’s history was ringing again Thursday morning.
The Marshall Fire Department and the rest of the community gathered outside the Central Fire Station to dedicate the department’s historic alarm bell.
“Words really and truly can’t express how I feel,” Fire Chief Reggie Cooper said. “There’s so many people that were involved here, I can’t even name them all, and so it’s just a wonderful feeling to be able to be a part of this.”
The bell dates to 1877, making it 142 years old.
Once the department was able to acquire the bell again, it received a $9,500 donation from the Lions Club to help kick start the restoration project.
The Fire Department was short $6,000 in August; but with help from the community, it was able to raise the nearly $15,000 needed to finish the project.
“With budgets already being slim to none in many cases, it just means a whole lot for our citizens to step up — from the businesses all the way down to those individuals who just chipped in and did everything that they could to make this happen," Cooper said.
The fire chief also noted that he has other projects in the works, including restoring one of his Fire Department’s oldest fire trucks.