By Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald
ODON — The Odon emergency siren will be back in working order as soon as arrangements can be made for the repairs after well over $2,400 was raised to fix the siren and pay for a service agreement.
Locals were alerted last week that the siren was not in working order and Dave Crooks, president of DLC Media, Inc., said he immediately started to think about what could be done to help the situation. Fire Chief Bryan Jones said he thought the siren had not been functioning for about the last two months after the FCC mandated updates.
DeWayne Shake, of Memories 107.9 WAMW-FM, made some calls and got the ball rolling to raise the $2,000 needed to fix the siren and to pay for a one-year service agreement. The extra funds raised will go to extend the town’s service agreement which costs $85 a month.
Money to repair the siren comes out of the fire department fund. Unfortunately, due to major budget cuts, the fire department just didn’t have the extra money for repairs.
“The fire department budget was pretty much cut in half,” said Shake. “The money just wasn’t there to get the service agreement and make the repairs.”
Shake said several area business and individuals immediately started donating money when they found out the siren wasn’t working.
“They realized how important it was for the siren to be in working order to alert people when it gets bad,” said Shake.
Tuesday, Shake broadcasted live from Chuckle’s Convenience Store in Odon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. “We’ve had several businesses come by (Tuesday) with checks and we’ve had several others come by and give money as well,” Shake said. “We have definitely met our goal and I hope we have more people come forward to help.”
One man who donated expressed why he thought it was so important for the siren to be functioning. In 2005, the man’s house was heavily damaged by a tornado that passed through the area. He wasn’t home at the time but his wife was. A large portion of the metal roof was stripped from his home.
Others mentioned that with the weather we have been experiencing lately, one may never know what could happen.