Jun 04, 2013

The recent tragic deaths of four Houston Fire Department Fire Fighters and the serious injuries of several of their fellow professionals brought into focus just how dangerous and life threatening fighting fires to protect the general public is for these dedicated heroes each time they make a fire run. Here in Liberty County we are blessed to have several volunteer Fire Departments who are staffed with Fire Fighters of equal heroism, dedication, commitment and willingness to put their own lives on the line to protect the citizens of their respective communities. Much of the fire-fighting equipment that each Fire Department uses to protect their citizens has been purchased out of their own pockets and/or raised at various fund raisers.  These same Fire Fighters put in many personal off duty hours working hard to better their training and equipment in order to   protect those unfortunate families that are threatened or victims of devastating fires in their homes and property.

Thus it is difficult to understand and to put into perspective as to why anyone would burglarize a Fire Station and steal the very equipment that is meant to protect the lives and property of the citizens of our County. However, this is exactly what happened to the Moss Bluff Volunteer Fire Department during some period of this past week and a half.

At approximately 10:40am this date, Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy J.R. McQueen responded to a burglary call at  the Moss Bluff Fire Station located on CR 133 South. Deputy McQueen was advised by Fire Chief John Wilson that it had been about a week or so since he had entered the Fire building but today when he arrived, he observed a side panel of the metal building pried open where burglars apparently entered and stole several thousand dollar’s worth of fire department equipment.

It can only be assumed that whoever burgled the fire station has no respect or regard, whatsoever, for the safety and wellbeing of the public who depend upon these dedicated and hard working volunteer Fire Fighters and their hard earned equipment to come to the public’s rescue in their effort to save lives and perhaps, even the homes of those who so selfishly stole from the very organization that is committed to serve them as well.

Although the complete loss has not been counted nor evaluated at this time, Chief Wilson reported that four (4) VHF radios, three (3) light bars from the top of their fire trucks along with solid brass fittings from fire hoses and the fire truck itself as well as a camo colored generator had been stolen. Also, included is a pump and motor off their “brush truck”. Chief Wilson advised that many other items were stolen but his inventory will not be completed for a couple more days.

In addition to the Moss Bluff fire trucks that were stripped, a fire truck belonging to the Hull Daisetta Fire Department was also being stored at this facility and it was stripped as well which rendered all these trucks inoperable. As a result of these thefts, both the Moss Bluff Fire Department and the Hull Daisetta Fire Department are each posting a $2,000 reward for a total of $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this burglary and theft.

During the scene investigation, Deputy McQueen located finger prints at the point of entry on the metal siding and they were dusted and tagged for later examination with this case. The investigation is continuing and the Sheriff’s Department is asking that if anyone has any information regarding this offense or has knowledge of the whereabouts of the stolen fire department equipment to please call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department at (936) 336-4500. Your identity will be kept confidential.


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