Bringing back Sharon's bell: Pennsylvania firefighters to restore city's historic symbol

  • Source: The Herald
  • Published: 07/18/2019 12:00 AM

A piece of Sharon's history has finally found a new home, but firefighters need help getting it there. Sharon's 1,700-pound bell hung at West State Street and South Water Avenue for more than 30 years before it was taken down in March 2016 to make way for a metal sculpture designed and fabricated by local students. The bell has a special meaning for Sharon firefighters, including fifth-generation Sharon firefighter Paul T. McSherry. "When I walked past it to work every day, I tapped the bell and asked my dad to keep us safe that day," McSherry said. "One day the bell was gone. It was put into the city garage and was buried." McSherry's father, Paul E. McSherry, who served 32 years as Sharon's fire chief, used to ring the bell to alert the city of a fire, as his father and grandfather before him.


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