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Man arrested for damaging Turley volunteer fire department

Posted at 6:16 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 19:16:11-04

TURLEY, Okla. -- A man was arrested for smashing the windows and denting garage doors to a volunteer fire department Monday morning.

The volunteer firefighters came to work Monday morning with shards of glass scattered outside the station.

"There were two busted windows, a lot of dents in the door, and blood all over the door from the guy who busted the windows," said Capt. David Morgan, with the Turley fire department.

Tulsa County deputies arrested Jeremy Heide around 4:30 a.m. at the station on North Peoria Avenue.

According to the booking report, deputies found Heide lying in the driveway of the station, and admitted to deputies that he broke the windows and wanted to go to jail.

"I think about it that it’s going to be, someone carelessly taking away money that could be used for tools, send someone to training, new pieces of equipment," said Capt. Morgan.

It's money that's hard to come by for this volunteer fire department.

"We don’t have the budget of the Tulsa’s, the Broken Arrow’s, the Owasso’s, even some of the larger community’s that are outside, we run on a very limited budget," said Capt. Morgan.

Fortunately they didn't have to pay a dime because a local business replaced their windows for free.

While moving on from the incident, these firefighters say they're still frustrated that the place they spend so much time in to help others, would be damaged.

"We come here in the middle of the night when our radios and pagers go off, come here in the middle of the dinner. I can’t tell you how many cold meals I’ve came back to and have to reheat them," said Capt. Morgan.

Heide was booked for malicious injury to property, with a $500 bond. 

The department said they're looking into buying surveillance cameras, if it fits in their budget.

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