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Jun 24, 2013 6:26 PM by Heather Jackson

Premont Police Looking for Fire Department Vandals

PREMONT - Police are looking for someone who vandalized two emergency vehicles at the Premont Fire Department over the weekend. The fire chief says it really leaves them in a bind.

"The assistant chief found them Saturday morning or Sunday morning about 9 O' clock. He found the tanker doors wide open then came over and found the rescue van's tires slashed," Jerry Larue, the Premont Fire Chief says.

Leaving the Premont Fire Department that serves over 4,000 people, without two of their most important vehicles.

They say someone stole the keys to this tanker and vandalized it. Someone also slashed the tires of the department's only rescue van; that van holds all the tools needed to help emergency workers pull accident victims trapped in their vehicles.

"It puts a burden on us to provide the proper service we need to provide for this community, It puts everybody at risk," LaRue says.

Now, every time they get a call it now takes them longer to respond because they have to unload all the materials they need from their trucks...into their personal units.

This isn't the first time that this Fire Department's Units have been damaged. And every time that it happens they have to pick up the pieces with the very little that they have.

"People break windows out of our trucks and also steal diesel out of our other tankers. That has been over a 2 to 3 year time frame," LaRue says.

Chief LaRue hopes both vehicles will be fixed by tomorrow. he hopes this is the last time vandals strike his department.

"Wished they'd realize what they have done and not do it again-to help support us instead of destroy us," LaRue says.

The Premont Police Department is investigating. They are asking anyone with information to contact the Jim Wells County Sheriffs Department at 361-668-0341.

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