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Virginia Firefighters Give Truck to Texas Town Hit by Harvey

Posted/updated on: December 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm
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PORT ARANSAS (AP) – Some Virginia firefighters drove a pumper trucker about 1,600 miles to donate the rig to a South Texas coastal town ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Members of the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday presented the $40,000 truck to the Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department. Philomont Fire Chief Richard Pearsall says his department is getting a new firetruck so officials decided to donate the 2001 model to Port Aransas. Pearsall says the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and the Texas A&M Forest Service , through its Helping Hands Program, assisted with the donation. A&M officials say most of the firefighting equipment in Port Aransas was damaged or destroyed by Harvey, which made landfall nearby on Aug. 25. Philomont is a community of about 9,500, located 50 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.


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