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Who are the other men still ringing?

As of Saturday, there were two other competitors remaining in the hunt for the world record for ringing a Salvation Army bell.

In addition to Albert Lea Salvation Army Capt. Jim Brickson was Salvation Army Maj. Marcelino “Butch” Soriano in California, and the other was Andre Thompson of Texas.

Soriano, according to the San Bernardino Press-Enterprise, is from San Diego but is competing outside a Walmart in Colton, which is in the urban San Bernardino Valley. He told the Press-Enterprise he planned to stop ringing after he hit 100 hours, which would have been at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Thompson is outside a Walgreens in Tyler, a city of 99,000 about 100 miles east of Dallas. He is not a Salvation Army officer; he is a Salvation Army volunteer. The Tyler Morning Telegraph covered his breaking the world record, noting he was tied with Brickson and Soriano, but it requires a subscription for access to full reports.

A TV station interviewed him, but there wasn’t an indication of how long Thompson plans to go.

Earlier this week, four bell-ringers dropped out of the world-record competition. They were Darrel Tureskis of Springfield, Ill., Capt. Emily Jones of Compton, Calif., Lt. Rob Lawler of Helena, Mont., and Quinton Green of Hanford, Calif.

All the bell-ringers began at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Brickson can be followed on Twitter @ahrten. The national hashtag for the event is #Ringiton.

There is a live web camera on the Albert Lea Tribune’s website. On the home page, click on “bell ringer” in the blue navigation bar.

About Tim Engstrom

Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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