Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators are working to try and determine who stole funds raised by a Morgan County Volunteer Fire Station for specialized training.
According to Capt. Brandon Sellers, investigators are continuing to interview personnel regarding $330 cash missing from a locked cabinet at the Morgan County Volunteer Fire Station #2 (formerly West Morgan Volunteer Fire Station). The money, Sellers said, was raised during a fire station car wash fundraiser on Sept. 4. Sellers said the theft was reported to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Sept. 23.
The missing money was part of a fund the fire station was building in order to train its nine members with specialized training not covered by Morgan County. Morgan County Volunteer Fire Station #2 Fire Chief Michael Hamilton said the theft was “very upsetting.”
Chief Hamilton said the station’s members had “worked hard on getting that money together to help train our members.”
Morgan County Fire and Rescue Chief Jeff Stone said he would fully prosecute the person or persons responsible for the theft.
“It is upsetting among all of us,” Chief Stone said speaking for the fire fighting community in Morgan County. “People in the community came out and supported the station and then the money gets taken,” he said.
He also said the fact that the money was earmarked for more training is a blow to the station. “We have a limited training budget,” Stone said. “The money they raised for training gets taken, that hurts even more,” he said.