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Stolen: One Poynor VFD Fire truck
Athens Daily Review ^ | April 21, 2004 | Art Lawler

Posted on 04/22/2004 12:21:57 AM PDT by GeronL

Stolen: One Poynor VFD fire truck

By Art Lawler


Somebody took the fire truck in Poynor last week.

The fire truck.

It's the same truck that's been parked in the same space at the same fire department for the last 26 years -- almost all of those days and nights with the keys in the ignition.

It's not like it's out there being inconspicuous somewhere, what with the City of Poynor written across its doors, and the civil defense emblem imprinted on it. The red paint has admittedly begun to fade in recent years, but there's no mistaking this vehicle's identity. It's a fire truck.

Not that anybody ever thought about stealing the community fire truck in Poynor before. It's what the neighbors use to put out each other's fires, the ones that inevitably crop up in this scenic rural location.

"Losing this truck is like losing a family member," said Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Perry Tuesday afternoon. "They just basically got in, cranked it up and drove out with it."

"I just wish we could find our truck," he said. "Hopefully it'll be in one piece."

Perry has been making sure Engine No. 5870 and two others are ready to roll at any time day or night for the last 26 years. To say that he and the other 13 volunteers who help him are upset about losing a truck that could cost more than $90,000 to replace is an understatement.

The 1977 one-ton, four-wheel-drive Chevrolet brush truck was designed primarily to put out grass fires, but Perry said it's been rolling on just about every call, including emergency medical calls, in recent years. "It's pretty much been a first responder," he said.

Engine No. 5870 was purchased brand new in '77, back when the 41-year-old chief was 16. Perry was a volunteer firefighter in Poynor then, too.

So why were the keys left in the ignition?

"That way, we can just crank it up and go, instead of having to hunt keys down," Perry said.

This is Poynor, not Los Angeles. People trust each other. At least they did until last week.

Perhaps, just as upsetting is that the keys have now been removed from the other two fire engines and stored in a secret location. Local firefighters are talking about getting an alarm system, one with a motion sensor, too.

And Poynor becomes a little too much like the rest of the world because of it.

Henderson County Sheriff's Investigator Ray Nutt said Tuesday he had no leads to pursue in finding the fire truck thieves.

Whatever happened to the truck must have happened fairly quickly. The window of opportunity for avoiding detection was limited.

"I want to say it happened sometime after 2:30 a.m. Thursday," Perry said. "The lady who lives across from the station leaves for work at 2 a.m., and she said the bay door was down when she left home."

The firefighters theorize the thieves avoided U.S. Highway 175.

"We kind of figured when they left the bay that they went down (State Highway) 315," he said. "That would have taken them away from the town area."

The next morning, the bay door was open. During those three or four hours, the thieves would probably have had to hide the truck in a barn or shed to avoid detection in the daylight hours.

"We think it was probably some kids," he said. "Basically, who'd want to steal a fire truck?"

When asked if the gas mileage on such a truck might have wiped out some kids financially rather quickly, he defended the missing truck. "It's done pretty good on gas mileage," he said. "I don't know how much it gets, but it's pretty good."

The aging truck does have its scars. "The red lights bar -- on the passenger's side -- has been melted from past fires," he said. "Also, the paint has peeled off on the (truck) bed behind the driver's side."

But the truck got a new set of brakes recently and the engine is supposed to be in pretty good shape.

Perry thinks the people responsible have some familiarity with the fire station. "Somebody's been in the station and at least looked around to see what we might have," he said.

The thieves also got away with a chain saw, some one-and-a-half inch hoses, some foam, hand tools, rakes and shovels.

The department has just received a government grant that will help it replace one of its other trucks. The department has also applied for a Texas Forest Service grant, hoping to get a much-needed second brush truck. Whatever happens on the grants, it's still a big setback for the Poynor Fire Dept.

When Perry isn't working at the station, he's off to his paying job at the Gurney Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where he processes prisoners into the system.

If the thieves are caught, they might just wind up seeing Perry.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: emergencyservices; fire; firetruck; stolentruck; stolentrucks; theft; truck

1 posted on 04/22/2004 12:22:01 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Flyer; Action-America; Embedded Freeper; JohnHuang2; Travis McGee
Its somehow funny and tragic at the same time.
2 posted on 04/22/2004 12:32:37 AM PDT by GeronL (Who stole the fire truck in Poynor TX?? They need it back, please.... thanks)
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To: GeronL
Got a bid on this truck...EBay! Only three days left!
(Hey! What's this about you running for president? Bull Moose?)
3 posted on 04/22/2004 12:35:25 AM PDT by dasboot (Mixed drinks; the techno-beat; it's always heavy into everything....)
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Poynor TX has a population of 257, as of the 1990 census.
4 posted on 04/22/2004 12:35:55 AM PDT by GeronL (Who stole the fire truck in Poynor TX?? They need it back, please.... thanks)
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To: dasboot
lol, lol
5 posted on 04/22/2004 12:36:20 AM PDT by GeronL (Who stole the fire truck in Poynor TX?? They need it back, please.... thanks)
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To: GeronL; TLI; JackelopeBreeder
"We think it was probably some kids," he said. "Basically, who'd want to steal a fire truck?" . ... .

The thieves also got away with a chain saw, some one-and-a-half inch hoses, some foam, hand tools, rakes and shovels.

Another, less well-equipped fire department? One south of the border, perhaps?

6 posted on 04/22/2004 12:42:06 AM PDT by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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To: archy
Thats a possibility too. They better check ebay too.

Oh and how does a town that small replace a fire truck??

7 posted on 04/22/2004 12:44:14 AM PDT by GeronL (Who stole the fire truck in Poynor TX?? They need it back, please.... thanks)
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To: dasboot
Just... DAMN!

BTW, GeronL is running from the Bull Shite party. < /grin>

8 posted on 04/22/2004 12:45:06 AM PDT by clee1 (Islam is a deadly plague; liberalism is the AIDS virus that prevents us from defending ourselves.)
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To: clee1; mhking
You think he'd ping this article?
9 posted on 04/22/2004 12:46:57 AM PDT by GeronL (Who stole the fire truck in Poynor TX?? They need it back, please.... thanks)
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To: GeronL; nuconvert; AdmSmith
Ping!
10 posted on 04/22/2004 12:50:50 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (John ''Fedayeen" Kerry - the Mullahs' regime candidate)
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To: GeronL
Oh, Pynor is in Texas?
Figures.
What does VFD Stand for?
Voynor Fire Department?
11 posted on 04/22/2004 12:50:50 AM PDT by Embedded Freeper
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To: GeronL
Probably. This is as good a "just damn" and most of the others.
12 posted on 04/22/2004 12:51:07 AM PDT by clee1 (Islam is a deadly plague; liberalism is the AIDS virus that prevents us from defending ourselves.)
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To: Embedded Freeper
Volunteer Fire Department.
13 posted on 04/22/2004 12:51:27 AM PDT by GeronL (Who stole the fire truck in Poynor TX?? They need it back, please.... thanks)
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To: clee1; davidtalker
I posted the link to the Texas forum and on the GoldTalk webpage.

Maybe we can solve this case! =o)

14 posted on 04/22/2004 12:53:52 AM PDT by GeronL (Who stole the fire truck in Poynor TX?? They need it back, please.... thanks)
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To: GeronL
Doh.
>>Slapping forehead<< and hiding.
15 posted on 04/22/2004 12:54:38 AM PDT by Embedded Freeper
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To: GeronL
Maybe we can solve this case!

GeronL for FBI Director! LOL

16 posted on 04/22/2004 12:57:19 AM PDT by clee1 (Islam is a deadly plague; liberalism is the AIDS virus that prevents us from defending ourselves.)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
So why were the keys left in the ignition?

D'oh!

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

17 posted on 04/22/2004 3:11:23 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
Poynor TX has a population of 257, as of the 1990 census.

They left the keys in the ignition for the last 26 years so you wouldn't have to hunt for the keys when you needed them.

18 posted on 04/22/2004 3:54:33 AM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: GeronL; snopercod; barkingjake; Who dat?; joanie-f
FBI Joins Probe of Tank Farm Incident (missing tanker), by Mike Perkins and Cindy Klepper, Huntington Indiana Herald-Press, April 21, 2004, posted to Free Republic by John W
19 posted on 04/22/2004 7:12:41 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: GeronL; snopercod; barkingjake; Who dat?; joanie-f
My mistake --- no missing tanker.
20 posted on 04/22/2004 7:18:51 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: GeronL; spatzie; speedy; hookman; Travis McGee; Ragtime Cowgirl; Johnny Gage
I posted the link to the Texas forum and on the GoldTalk webpage.

Maybe we can solve this case! =o)

Solved; Case closed. Round up the usual suspects!

[Sherlock Holmes has NOTHING on me, lemme tell ya. But the fire truck will probably be repainted, the light bar fixed or replaced, and in better shape than when it absconded.]

21 posted on 04/22/2004 12:40:09 PM PDT by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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To: GeronL
I was on duty one night in Kingwood, Texas and someone jumped into my ambulance and drove off in it.

He was stoned, and was having a delightful time, driving 20 mph down the road, with all of the lights and sirens going, waving to everyone on the road, just like a parade.

The parade ended with the ambulance being surrounded by police cars, (yes, with lights and sirens also). They finally got him to stop and surrounded him with guns drawn until he got out and gave up.

The whole thing was quite a sight for 4:30 in the afternoon.
22 posted on 04/22/2004 11:37:38 PM PDT by texasflower (in the event of the rapture.......the Bush White House will be unmanned)
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To: texasflower
LOL.
23 posted on 04/23/2004 1:03:29 AM PDT by GeronL (Who stole the fire truck in Poynor TX?? They need it back, please.... thanks)
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