Little River-Academy: Fire trucks returned

The Little River-Academy fire trucks were returned on Friday. (Photo by Megan Vanselow/file)
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LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY, Texas (KWTX) The three fire trucks reported missing after the Little River-Academy Volunteer Fire Department dissolved have been returned to the town.

The trucks were returned Friday before 9:45 a.m.

On Tuesday, Justice of the Peace Judge Coleman ordered that the Bell County Sheriff’s office release and return the fire trucks to the department no later than the close of business on Monday.

Late last month, the department chose to close after Bell County Commissioner Russell Schneider said the county would no longer continue to fund the department if its contracts and memorandums of understanding are not met.

After the decision to dissolve, Mayor Drew Lanham said the department attempted to donate its equipment to the Buckholts Volunteer Department.

The mayor says he and the police chief stopped the transaction.

That is when the Bell County Sheriff’s Department got involved and Sheriff Eddy Lange said if his deputies spotted the truck out on the road, they would be pulled over and the drivers arrested.

Lange kept the trucks in possession of the county until the judge’s ruling.

"I was glad to see them back home they were serving no one sitting in our possession at least we got them back to some entity out there," Lange said Friday.

"I don't know who exactly will be in charge of it, but at least the process is started of getting those trucks back in service and that's what we need to do to serve our citizens."