- Associated Press - Monday, June 26, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - The church bells of the oldest church on New York’s Staten Island may be ready to ring after 30 years of silence, thanks to a retired electrician and his firefighter son.

Every day since the beginning of this year, 68-year-old Mike Cavenaugh has climbed 150 steps to the top of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church to repair the electronic control system’s wiring. The New York Post reports (https://nyp.st/2tbwQVC ) the 10 bronze bells stopped working in the 1980s because of weather damage and roosting pigeons.

The retired electrician says he believes he’ll be finished with repairs this week.

Cavenaugh originally began working on the project with his electrician partner Tom Binder. After Binder died in his sleep in May, Cavenaugh’s 40-year-old son Danny, a 16-year veteran of the FDNY, stepped in to help.

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Information from: New York Post, https://www.nypost.com


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