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Remembering Newtown
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Those in attendance Friday morning at Rincon City Hall bow their heads as a Rincon Fire Department engine tolls its bell 26 times for the teachers and students killed in the Sandy Hook School massacre in Newtown, Conn. - photo by Photo by Paul Floeckher

City of Rincon employees joined people around the country Friday in a solemn observance of the one-week anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

 With the city hall flag at half-staff, employees from several departments gathered for a tribute at 9:30 a.m. – the time gunman Adam Lanza began his shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A Rincon fire truck parade bell tolled 26 times – one for each victim of the shooting.

“It was just senseless. This is the least we could do,” said Rincon Fire Chief Corey Rahn.

Rahn added that the parade bell on the city’s new fire truck is the first one the department has ever had, and the tribute to the shooting victims was the first time the bell was used.