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Fire Chief Buddy Hill speaks on theft of firefighter's truck

ATHENS, June 4, 2014—While battling the blaze which broke out at a fertilizer plant in downtown Athens last week, an Athens Fire Department firefighter returned to the fire station to find someone had stolen his truck.

The 2001 Toyota Tundra belonged to firefighter Gene Lattis. Also stolen was a trailer, lawnmower and multiple tools used for his personal business.

The truck was found later, heavily damaged, in a rural area of Larue. None of the other property has been recovered and an investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Athens Police Department at 903-675-5454, or Henderson County Crime Stoppers at 800-545-8477 (TIPS)

A fund has been set up at Citizens State Bank for anyone who wishes to make a donation.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Fire Chief Buddy Hill about the incident. Click below for more.

Original Story

ATHENS, June 2, 2014-Unfortunately, not all acts of heroism are rewarded, as an Athens firefighter found out when he returned from battling Thursday’s downtown fertilizer plant fire to find someone had stolen his truck.

According to Athens Fire Department Firefighter Gene Lattis, his 2001 Toyota Tundra was stolen along with a trailer, lawnmower, and multiple tools.

The truck was found in a rural area of Larue, and had been heavily damaged. None of the other property has been recovered. The truck was impounded in order to be used in the investigation.

An investigation is ongoing by Athens Police Department detectives.  

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