New fire hydrant markers being damaged in Homer

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Over recent months, the Village DPW has installed reflective markers on all the fire hydrants in the village.

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These are a quick way for arriving first responders to locate their water source at night — and especially during the winter months, when the hydrants become covered in snow or embedded in a snowbank.

However, someone appears to be causing intentional damage to these markers.

Two of them on Copeland Ave and one on Prospect Street are completely broken off. Another on North Fulton Street (near Prospect) has been bent.

The markers are attached by a spring.

“Someone is bending them over to the point where the spring breaks or is bends beyond repair,” said village police chief Bob Pitman.

He’s now asking for the public’s assistance in preventing the markers from being damaged.

“If someone observes anyone bending the makers, please say something to the individual or call the police,” he added. “Please remember, the hydrant markers are in place for protection in case of a fire.

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