TUPPER LAKE - Village police Chief Tom Fee pleaded with local residents to put signs on their homes that display the street number clearly so they can be found easily in an emergency.
"This is stupid, people," Fee said at Monday's village board meeting. "Put a sign up."
Fee, other police and local firefighters and rescue squad members all regularly complain that not enough people in the area have clear signage on their homes.
Tupper Lake village police Chief Tom Fee shows the kind of sign he wants displayed on every home to make it easier to find in an emergency. Fee got this sign to put on the village offices at 53 Park St.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
Fee said he went on one call last month where people were doing CPR to resuscitate someone. They didn't have their house number posted clearly, and the only way he found the house was because he knew the people's name.
He showed the board a sample sign he had made for the village offices that had "53 Park Street" in bold, white letters on a green background. He had the signs made up by Daniel "Boonie" Carmichael, who does printing work at Tupper Lake Supply, and he said he plans to speak to Andrew McClelland and Pat Bedore at Stacked Graphics about the possibility of getting signs printed as well.
Fee said he's spoken with a local boy who is interested in putting together signs for an Eagle Scout project; Fee hopes that will help. He hopes to be able to use drug recovery money to help pay for some signs.
Village Mayor Paul Maroun, who is a volunteer with the fire department, said he's been on plenty of calls in which emergency workers couldn't find a house as well.
"If you want to save your life, your children's lives, your parents' lives and your guests' lives, it's seconds that matter, especially in a fire or an emergency situation, and it's not that expensive," Maroun said. "We will help people. We've got to get these up. It's something that's very important. The chief's got a valid concern."
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