Port Royal (SC) to Discuss Fire Apparatus Purchase

Port Royal (SC) may get a new fire apparatus to replace one stolen by a man who struck and killed a pedestrian with the vehicle.

Town Council is expected to discuss the purchase of a replacement truck during its 6:30 p.m. Wednesday work session at Town Hall, 700 Paris Ave.

In February 2012, Kalvin Hunt, then a Marine, fled Naval Hospital Beaufort, stole the truck and struck and killed Justin Nicholas Miller, 28. Hunt was charged with murder, two counts of resisting arrest, six counts of hit and run with injuries, first-degree assault and battery, and grand larceny.

Insurance and legal issues had to be resolved before the town could replace the truck.

The town and Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department has requested bids for a triple-combination pumper truck, fire chief Sammy Negron said.

The town and fire department will pay between $400,000 and $450,000. A similar truck, the last the department purchased, cost $387,000 in 2010 and would cost about $437,000 today, Negron said.

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