Oakhurst loses only fire truck

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 10/01/2013 8:38 am Published: 9/30/2013 10:59 pm

A local volunteer fire department is out of service.    

Oakhurst's one and only fire truck is out of commission in part because of an accident.

The damage on the truck at the Oakhurst Fire Department doesn't look all that bad, some bent steel, a busted headlight.

The outside of the truck isn't the problem though; it's the brakes. They don't work.

The sun set on a quiet day in Oakhurst, Oklahoma on Monday, but that's not always the case.

Ronnie duke has lived in Oakhurst for 72 years. Just five months ago the volunteer department rushed to his friend's burning home.

“The house caught fire, they put it out,” he told FOX23.

It’s something they can't do anymore though until they get a new truck.

Their only engine is parked in the garage, not to be moved after a wreck on Friday.

Assistant Chief Mike Blancett was driving.

“I was headed up 60th Street as I've done for almost 15 years,” he said.

Blancett saw this curve ahead and tried to slow down.

"I started hitting the breaks; I had nothing, so I just had to go through the field.”

Straight toward I-44. He knocked over the fence, leading him into oncoming traffic.

Blancett is glad he wasn't more seriously injured, but he is also restless that his department can't protect Oakhurst anymore.

"We feel like we are letting the community down,” he said.

Other firefighters agree.

"It's heartbreaking,” Samuel Tinker said. "We were starting to get the faith back into the community…and now that we are out of service … it just hurts us so much."

Right now if there is a fire in Oakhurst, Tulsa, Berryhill or Sapulpa have to respond, which takes extra time.

Time citizens in Oakhurst aren't willing to give

"By the time they get here it's going burn down … whatever it may be,” Duke said.

The department is looking to replace the truck just as soon as possible, but that will cost at least $10,000.

They will be grateful for any donations from the public.

If you want to help you can send checks to: Box 777 Oakhurst, OK. 74050.

You can also call (918)445-1442, or you can go to the department’s next SRPW pro wrestling fundraising event. It’s 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12th. Admission is $5, kids are free.

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