Bells ring out across America for fallen firefighters

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A tradition started in 1865 is still continued today. 

What started as a way to alert an entire city to a fire and to the death of Abraham Lincoln, was honored today by fire departments across the world.

Known as the four fives, bells are rung five times in succession a total of four times to honor those lost in the line of duty.

Dakota City’s service remembers three of their own who died tragically serving our community.

“You know they didn’t come home to their families one day so we have to honor and cherish our memories of what they have done for us,” said Dakota County Fire Chief, Clint Rasmussen.

The service held in Dakota City is one of twenty-three bell ringing ceremonies that will take place nationwide.

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