Thieves steal lights off chief's take-home fire truck - WKRN News 2

Thieves steal lights off chief's take-home fire truck

Posted: Updated: May 16, 2013 04:36 PM
SMYRNA, Tenn. -

Thieves stole lights from a fire truck belonging to the Almaville Volunteer Fire Department.

The lights, which total around $1,200, were taken from the chief's take-home truck.

Volunteer Firefighter Daniel Nelms told Nashville's News 2 that they don't want to believe someone in their community would do it.

"They love us and we love them. For us to think that 'hey this could have been somebody in our community," Nelms said. "It kind of surprises us. We've got a good rapport with our community."

The four lights are on the side of the truck to alert drivers that there is an emergency response. Without the lights, the department cannot use the truck in an emergency situation.

"Four lights total they got off this vehicle, and then our chief's car, which is at the chief's house, they got two lights off of it, and the license plate," said Nelms.

The department is made up of volunteers and receives some funds from the county, but they depend on donations from the community to operate and replace equipment.

"We also do personal fund raisers. We'll do bake sales and we'll cook rips and sell them" said Nelms. 

"A penny, the smallest thing we can get helps us out in the long run" he said.

The volunteer fire department is asking for help from people as they browse Craigslist and eBay.

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