Vandalism Is ‘a Slap in the Face,’ Says Leggett Fire Department
Leggett Valley Fire Department firefighters are frustrated at vandalism that occurred on their firehouse driveway this last Friday. “We just spent a bunch of money resurfacing our asphalt two weeks ago,” explained Ely Reighter, Chief of the Leggett Valley Volunteer Fire Department. “Then the car came and burned donuts all over the new stuff…It wasn’t even the money so much as some older gentlemen in the community spent all day doing it. It was a slap in the face.”
Reighter said that once vandalism occurs other vandals will add to the problem. “Someone will see one mark there and then they want to outdo them,” he pointed out. “Then they will go to the other side [which is dirt] and spin mud… .” Reighter said the firefighters then have to clean off the building which is time the volunteers would rather spend training to fight fires or raising money to purchase equipment. Leggett Fire has had multiple incidences of this kind of vandalism and worse which is why they installed security cameras.
“They spent four minutes [burning donuts] and the girl even got out and filmed it with her cell camera,” Reighter said. The firefighters know who made the mess. They are handling the problem themselves without contacting law enforcement. However, they said, the next vandal might not be so lucky.