2015-01-29 / Front Page

Digging Out



Newport Fire Department’s Michael Turskey, Carl Critz, and Capt. Michael Eyre clear snow from fire hydrants on Third Street. Drifts from high winds surround most of the hydrants and hundreds are not visible at all. According to Fire Chief Peter Connerton, "During the next few days Newport Fire Department personnel will be clearing paths around the more than 500 fire hydrants in the city. We greatly appreciate the assistance of members of the public who have contacted the department and told us that they have cleared the hydrants close to their homes. While this assistance is greatly appreciated, we ask that people who are so inclined only do so if physically capable or up to the task. In many instances it requires the removal of a great deal of snow, and we do not want to see any member of the public injured or taken ill." (Photo by Jack Kelly) Newport Fire Department’s Michael Turskey, Carl Critz, and Capt. Michael Eyre clear snow from fire hydrants on Third Street. Drifts from high winds surround most of the hydrants and hundreds are not visible at all. According to Fire Chief Peter Connerton, "During the next few days Newport Fire Department personnel will be clearing paths around the more than 500 fire hydrants in the city. We greatly appreciate the assistance of members of the public who have contacted the department and told us that they have cleared the hydrants close to their homes. While this assistance is greatly appreciated, we ask that people who are so inclined only do so if physically capable or up to the task. In many instances it requires the removal of a great deal of snow, and we do not want to see any member of the public injured or taken ill." (Photo by Jack Kelly)

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