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Tools stolen from St. Louis fire truck as crews fought blaze, department says

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two saws that were stolen while crews were battling a fire early Wednesday morning in North St. Louis.

A little after 3 a.m., firefighters were working to put out a fire in a building when they discovered some of their valuable life-saving equipment had been stolen from right next to their truck.

Stored inside the truck behind a side door, the theft was a high-risk crime of opportunity.

A chainsaw and rescue saw with a special blade worth $2,500 were taken.

“It’s something I’ve never seen before,” St. Louis Fire Captain Garon Mosby said. “It’s not the character of what St. Louis is and we know that because we don’t experience that regularly, so it’s an isolated incident, so hopefully we find them.”

Luckily, first responders realized they were gone before making a call when they were needed.

“If we go there and there’s someone trapped and I need this chainsaw to cut some boards, or I need this rescue saw to get a trapped person I can see behind bars, and I don’t have the equipment that I expect to have, that creates a bit of a problem,” Mosby said.

The firefighters got creative by sticking a picture of the saw on a fake milk carton asking, “Did you see us?”

Each tool is marked with a sticker that says “Truck 10” in addition to the same marking engraved on the side.

They have one lender, but replacing the two will take away already allocated funds that the fire department desperately needs.

“It’s an unexpected expense,” Mosby said. “There are other ways but they take a little longer, and in this business saving seconds saves lives.”

This makes it all the more important to find.

“It’s a core part of what we do,” Mosby said. “It helps us to help you.”