ROCK FALLS, Ill. (KWQC) — The Cubs versus Cardinals game Tuesday night ended shortly before 7:00 in the evening. Minutes later, the tornado sirens rang through Rock Falls. Gossip started to spread around town that the sirens were set off because of the Chicago Cubs win.
Mayor Bill Wescott said, “No. Absolutely not.” He clarified that it was an accident that the sirens sounded. “Did it happen right at the end of the game? Yes, it did, but that is the only coincidence.”
Rock Falls resident, Randy Duncan, said he got a different answer when the called the non-emergency dispatch line. “I asked them why are the weather sirens going off? And she said, that first response right out of her mouth, was that the Cubs won.” Duncan said there was a pause before the dispatcher continued to tell him they were looking to see what was going on.
Wescott said one of the firefighters on duty went to get some tape, which sits above the deck where the siren button is. When the firefighter pulled the tape, the dispenser fell off the shelf, hit the scanner, and then hit the button, which accidentally activated the storm sirens.
Duncan said he finds it hard to believe that explanation, “And my thought is why are they using tape dispensers so close to sensitive buttons like that?” Even if it was an accident, Duncan said it’s the principle that matters most. “When I ask a straight question, I expect a straight answer.”
Duncan said the dispatcher should not have joked about the reason being the Cubs winning. “We live in Illinois and the weather can turn at the drop of a hat,” said Duncan.
Mayor Wescott assures the public that first responders in Rock Falls take their jobs seriously. He said, “There is not one individual that would put his or her career at stake over the Cubs winning a baseball game on TV.”