Detroit firefighters fed up with thieves, vandals

Two fire trucks were robbed and vandalized overnight while crews were battling an apartment fire


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DETROIT — Robbed and vandalized.

That's what happened to two Detroit fire trucks overnight while crews were on the job. "It’s disheartening," said Sgt. James Thompson of Engine 41. "You’d hope our work would speak for itself, we don’t know why the people we are trying to help want to hurt us." 

Crews at Engine 41 and Engine 52 in Detroit tell Local 4 while they were battling flames at a vacant apartment building Sunday night, someone stole equipment from one truck and someone else threw a used colostomy bag in another. "It was a mess and it turned into a hazmat situation," said Capt. Mark Simmons of Engine 52. "We had to take the rig off the streets to clean it out and it wasn’t available to go to another fire if needed.”

Full story: Equipment stolen while Detroit firefighters in action

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