Local fire departments will be sounding sirens and bells 26 times at 9:45 a.m. Friday in honor of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy and fellow firefighters and EMS personnel who responded to the horrific scene at the elementary school in Connecticut last Friday.
The Sayville and West Sayville Fire Departments will be participating with West Sayville ringing its bell in lieu of the siren. As of press deadline the Bayport Fire Department was unsure.
In Blue Point, the department will ring its bell 26 times. The bell is being used as the siren would take nearly an hour to complete given the system the siren operates on, according to a fire department member.
The siren memoriam effort is a national commemoration effort, according to a release issued Thursday by the Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services.