Theifs Strike First Responders In Auburntown

Thursday, 8 November 2018

As tornadoes tore through parts of Middle Tennessee Monday night into Tuesday morning, numerous first responders headed out to survey storm damage and help those impacted, once the threat passed. 
As the danger passed through, volunteers with the Auburntown Volunteer Fire Department headed to their building to grab their gear and noticed glass broken out and their building was broken into.
Entry into the building occurred sometime before the tornado hit the town. While the person or persons took items and tools that are important to the fire department, such as a cell phone. 
The burglar also stole flashlights, radios from the department, which they weren't aware of until they arrived at the tornado damaged areas. They were forced to use their personal flashlights, and many had to use the lights on their cell phones. 
The department hopes someone comes forward with information about the break-in so they can get their gear back, but more than anything, they want the community to come together to let everyone know that this isn't what they do in their community. They support each other, they don't steal from each other
The fire department had already scheduled a fundraiser this weekend, and they hope with the money raised they can replace the gear that was stolen, and purchase other gear that is necessary to their service. 
Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to reach out to the fire department, or the Cannon County Sheriff's Department. 
Sheepdog R&R is partnering with the citizens of the Auburntown  at their Community Center in support of the Auburntown VFD and Cannon County Rescue Squad.

Leading the culinary team will be Todd Hollandsworth of Auburntown. Menu: Chicken Fried Chicken w/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Squash, White Beans and Rolls.

All proceeds will be donated to the VFD and Rescue Squad to offset costs of equipment used by these unpaid volunteers to save life and property.

Sponsors & Volunteers are encouraged to contact Sheepdog R&R for further details. Sponsors will be recognized at the dinner and here. Sponsors: Dixie Belle Antiques of Smithville, Employees of Woodbury Dollar General and WBRY.