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Capt. Brickson Back at Work Following World Record Ring

Created: 12/09/2013 6:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- One hundred and five hours is a long to time to be doing anything, but that's how long Captain Jim Brickson of the Albert Lea Salvation Army spent bell ringing for the world record.

After a hundred hours of work straight, most people would take a couple days off.

"Everyone thinks I'm crazy because I'm here today, they say you know why aren't you taking a day off," said Captain Jim Brickson.

Captain Jim Brickson broke the world record Saturday night after 5 days of bell ringing.

"I think I had 5 short breaks," said Brickson.

He says the constant bell ringing had started to take its toll.

"My feet were just shot and by 8 o'clock it was getting very difficult to form a thought," said Brickson.

The crowd played a big role in keeping him going.

"It wasn't just me that was excited, the community kept getting more and more excited," said Brickson.

Reaching the world record at 8 o'clock will be a moment Brickson will never forget.

"There was probably a hundred people there and everyone just stopped and started singing Amazing Grace, it was amazing," said Brickson.

But in the end it was the goal of raising awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign and the need for the funding that kept him going.

And it's that reason that has him right back at work after only a day of rest.

"We still have lots of kettle to do, we still need volunteers, were only about 16 percent to our goal and we have a long way to go, so I still have a lot of work to do," said Brickson.

Captain Brickson had a goal of raising $25,000 with his world record attempt. He surpassed that bringing in more than thirty thousand.