MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After five days of non-stop bell ringing, the three contenders working towards the Salvation Army World Bell Ringing record have decided to walk away.
Capt. Jim Brickson, of Albert Lea, Minn., Major Butch Soriano, of San Diego, Calif. and Andre Thompson, of Tyler, Texas laid down their bells together after 105 hours of bell-ringing.
The three agreed on the tie record, ending the hunt at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
In a joint statement from all three, they said:
“We’ve accomplished what we intended — to bring attention to the work of The Salvation Army and to raise money to serve people in crisis. We have agreed to put down our bells in unison so that we can spend Sunday with our families in worship services. All of us are thankful for the amazing community support and we look forward to 2014 and the attempt to break this amazing record of 105 hours. This wasn’t a competition — it was an orchestrated celebration. Hats off to all six of the contestants who gave up their time to spread the word. Merry Christmas!”