The Christmas Parade in Pomeroy on Sunday was a wonderful parade. Lots of folks participating, the Community Band was entertaining us, the shops on Main Street were open and lots of people were there to watch it. I just wish the Fire Departments would consider how loud their sirens are! I know the kids love to hear the sirens, but by doing so they are losing some of their hearing. One siren’s decibel value is 130 decibels. It takes about 1 (ONE) minute of 130 decibels to possibly cause permanent hearing loss. Yes, I love to see the fire trucks and I really appreciate what the departments do in our county. I have been associated with volunteer fire departments for 45 years, but please, can we cut back on running the sirens so much during parades? My ears are still ringing two days later! No, I’m not an expert on hearing loss, just a concerned citizen.