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Redbird fire trucks stolen, efforts to repair, replace them underway

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The Redbird Fire Department truck pictured here was stolen last week in Wagoner County, but it was recovered. The small department is trying to raise money to replace two trucks. [Photo Provided]
The Redbird Fire Department truck pictured here was stolen last week in Wagoner County, but it was recovered. The small department is trying to raise money to replace two trucks. [Photo Provided]

REDBIRD -- The small fire department in rural Wagoner County had two fire trucks for local emergencies, a red one and a white one.

But Wednesday, the department's trucks were stolen from the fire station at 380 N Main in Redbird, a city of about 140 people.

County sheriff's deputies found the red truck in the Council Hill area of Muskogee County that day. The white one was found a short while later in Okmulgee County near Haskell. The red truck was totaled and the white one was heavily damaged, said Heath Underwood, Wagoner County emergency management director.

Now the city is trying to raise the money for the trucks.

Meanwhile, the Tullahassee fire department has loaned Red Bird a spare fire truck to use, Underwood said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money toward the fire truck costs.

"With fire fighting season approaching this is a serious issue and could cost citizens property or lives. This department is small and replacing these trucks may be impossible," according to the GoFundme page.

To donate go to: https://www.gofundme.com/6y3cug0.

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A Redbird Fire Truck was stolen and damaged. The department is trying to replace it. [Photo Provided]

A Redbird Fire Truck was stolen and damaged. The department is trying to replace it. [Photo Provided]

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Robert Medley

Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma... Read more ›

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