The Clarksville Volunteer Fire Co. sustained thousands of dollars of damage when someone broke into the station and vandalized apparatus and equipment late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
The vandal or vandals smashed a rear window, entered the station and spray painted obscenities in red on an engine, a mini pumper utility truck and a utility terrain vehicle. The company’s 14 sets of turnout gear and helmets were also marred with the red paint.
A phone call from a resident at 9 a.m. Sunday alerted Chief Scott Sharp of the broken window. He and fellow firefighters would soon learn that was only the beginning.
Damage was estimated between $40,000 and $50,000, the chief said.
“This was a kick to the stomach for us,” Chief Sharp said. “We put our heart and soul into our work, and this is the thanks we get? I am utterly disgusted.”
The incident is under investigation by New York State Police. There are no suspects, Chief Sharp said. Anyone with information can call the Amity barracks at (585) 268-9030. The Amity and Wellsville rescue squads and the Jamison Road (Elma), Cuba and Clarksville fire companies have pooled together, and a $1,250 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest and a conviction.
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