Salvation Army bell ringer ends quest for record after 36 hours

After 36 hours and 20 minutes of jingling, Alan Jermyn’s bell is quiet.

Jermyn, 22, of Biloxi, dropped out of his quest to break the Salvation Army bell ringing world record just after midnight today, said Meghan Calhoun, public relations director of Salvation Army Mississippi Gulf Coast Command.

His blood sugar had dropped and he was suffering from hunger pains, so had to stop.

A Kroc Center aquatics instructor, Jermyn volunteered to represent the Gulf Coast against 24 other volunteer bell ringers around the country. The record of ringing the bell continuously with no food and limited water was 36 hours. Jermyn made that, but hoped to create his own record of 48 hours and be the last ringer standing, Calhoun said.

During a day and a half of ringing, with only a few 10-minute breaks, Jermyn filled three kettles and started on a fourth. He collected about $1,200 in the first two, and Calhoun is waiting on the complete official total.

At 10 a.m., six volunteers were still in the competition, Calhoun said.

Read more in Sunday’s Sun Herald.