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January 8, 2013

Step Back in Time: Jan. 8, 2013



50 years ago

Jan. 8, 1963

“This is KED 515 calling …” said the Fire Captain in dead earnest. “It is now 7:27 and at 7:30 is the correct time.”

The seconds ticked by like minutes and the minutes ticked by like hours. Perspiration trickled on four tense brows.

Now … 7:30 … it happened. Twenty-eight fire sirens simultaneously shrieked through communities in Otsego County.

What was the reason?

Fire Captain Albert Naples of the Oneonta Fire Department gave the explanation that on the first Monday of every month a test is made of all the fire sirens and radios in Otsego County to assure that they are A-OK.

There are 28 fire companies in the county — 28 sirens — and a few minutes past the zero hour the report was given: “Everything is OK. Companies in county all responded with good siren and radio check.”

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