STEELTON, Pa. (WHTM) – Fundraising barbecues were delayed after someone stole the Steelton Fire Department’s grill grates, but after an ABC 27 News story on the theft, donations started pouring in.
After ABC 27’s report Wednesday, enough money came in to pay for new grates.
Firefighters had to postpone a chicken barbecue fundraiser after the thief took four grill grates last month. The fire department also had to shell out $1,800 to buy new grates.
But the community stepped up. People and businesses donated money, and it is still rolling in. The firefighters not only paid off the grill grates, they are also able to put money toward updating their air packs, which will cost about $100,000.
Fire Chief Gene Vance said they are thankful for every donation.
“This is a small town,” Vance said. “This community here usually sticks behind fire service, sports, anything, and if we need something and we can get the word to them, they’re always willing to help.”
Someone also stole grill grates from the Swatara Township Fire Department.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who did it.
If you know anything, call police.