Bringing Back Covington's Historic Siren - Dedication on April 6
In honor of its Bicentennial, the City of Covington will bring back to life a sound from the past – the old siren. The City of Covington will host a dedication ceremony at the Covington Trailhead on April 6, at 11:30 a.m., just before the siren sounds off for the first time in more than 40 years. Among the speakers at the dedication will be Mayor Mike Cooper, Covington City Councilman Sam O’Keefe, Covington Fire Chief Richard Badon, former City Councilwoman Pat Clanton, and former Fire Department employee Earl Revere.
The public is invited to attend the siren dedication ceremony, which is being held in conjunction with other activities taking place at the Covington Trailhead that day, including the Covington Art Market and the Lions Club Car Show.
“Beginning on Saturday, April 6, the siren will sound once at noon every Saturday. What once served as an important means of communication for our community will now serve as a nostalgic reminder of our City’s past,” says Covington Mayor Mike Cooper.
The siren historically rang twice daily to signal the traditional “lunch hour”—at noon, and again at 1 p.m.
“The siren was such an important part of our community. It alerted us to the fact that 12 o’clock had arrived each day. It was also the fire alarm siren. And during the war, it was what alerted us to air raid drills,” says Pat Clanton, long-time Covington resident and former City Councilwoman.
“It was loud. I could be in Abita Springs and hear it at 12 o’clock,” reminisces Earl Revere, former dispatcher and Assistant Chief with the volunteers of the Covington Fire Department.
The Covington Fire Department was historically responsible for sounding the siren when there was a fire in the City. “The siren is located on the lower cross brace of the old water tower near the Trailhead. The old fire station upstairs served as living quarters for a city employee who answered the telephone for fire calls and alerted the members of the mostly volunteer Fire Department using the siren,” says Covington Fire Chief Richard Badon.