May 2, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (SH2001-28)

COMMUNITY COMES TO FIREFIGHTERS AID

Three individuals came to the aid of Mobile Firefighters after a break-in
at the Henry J. Reid (21) Fire Station, located at 512 Stimrad Road, that
occurred sometime between Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2001.

Jim and Tania Hoggins of Orange Beach donated two TV's to replace the two
stolen from the station and David Rimmer of Tillmans Corner donated dishes.

The station had been closed while under going some repairs and
firefighters were due to move back in on Monday, April 30, 2001. On
Sunday, April 29, 2001 Mobile Police notified Mobile Fire-Rescue Department
there had been a break in at the vacant station. The thieves took a lawn
mower, shop vac, 2 19" TVs 2 cordless phones, cable box, VCR, radio
charger, microwave along with dishes, eating utensils, pots and pans, cups
and bowls. There were a number of other items taken as well. Many of the
items taken were bought by the firefighters housed at the fire station and
would have to come out of their own pocket for replacement. Thanks to
these concerned individuals the cost will not be as high. Captain Jerry
Pryor, who is assigned to the station, is quoted as saying, "These people
have shown a lot of compassion and concern for the members of the Mobile
Fire-Rescue Department. These special individuals are special to us. They
responded in a way that has touched our hearts and we thank them for it."
So far no one has been apprehended in the theft. Anyone with information
should contact the Mobile Police Department at 208-7211 or Crimestoppers at
208-7000.
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R. Steve Huffman
Public Information Officer
Mobile Fire-Rescue Department
Mobile, Alabama 36602 http://www.ci.mobile.al.us/firedept/