Break-in at Firehouse Comes Just Days After Successful Fundraiser

BRANCH TOWNSHIP -- Just days after a volunteer fire company in Schuylkill County held its largest fundraiser, thieves broke into the firehouse and ransacked it looking for cash.

Members of the Good Intent Hose Company believe the thieves knew they just raised thousands of dollars.

“We came in the office, noticed it was trashed,” said John Bushar, the president of the Good Intent Hose Company.

Bushar showed the extensive damage done by whoever broke into their firehouse near Minersville.

It's not known what time it happened since the thieves took off with the surveillance equipment.

“The DVR sits there and it wasn't there. I said maybe somebody took it for repair like that,” said Bushar. “Then we looked up and the window's broken.”

The thieves ransacked the office as well as the register and drop box at the bar.

“We checked the register and saw that there was nothing in it. We checked our other register drawer that was cleaned out as well,” said Bushar.

Members are calling this break-in highly suspicious as they just held their annual and largest fundraiser this past Saturday. 1,400 people paid $40 each to ride ATV's on 25 miles of private property.

Now, they believe the people who broke in were among those here on Saturday.

“Absolutely, we're 100 percent sure. This place was open. We had a spaghetti dinner. We had bands, so anybody could have been in here to case the place, knew what they were doing,” said Bushar.

“Oh yes, very possible because they know the amount of income we probably took and that's what they were trying to get their hands on,” said member Robert Halye.

Members say the money raised on Saturday wasn't kept at the firehouse, so the thieves weren't able to get that, but the hose company will have to replace the stolen and damaged items.

“They destroyed the office, the window. It's going to take a lot of money to fix everything back up,” said Halye.

“It's a firehouse. We're here to serve the community. Any money we get goes towards the community, towards protection of our residents,” said Bushar.

The Good Intent Hose Company now has a GoFundMe account to help cover the costs of the break-in.

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47 comments

  • Brian D Hess

    I was a volunteer firefighter and emt for many years, never started any fires. Never stole anything. I did it because I could. And to help my community. I’m not sure how things are run in Schuylkill county. But everyone I’ve ever worked with at a fire or medical emergency did their job to the fullest extent. And actually took pride in the fact that they along with the police department were protectors of the community. Now I don’t know what actually happened there. But I would like to think that after a full and proper investigation, the party or parties responsible will be found and properly prosecuted. “What if there was a fire or medical emergency and no one came” , ” What if its your home or your loved ones who needed assistance and no one came ” I for one am very grateful for our volunteers in the fire service and emergency medical services. They leave their home’s and families any hour day and night, putting themselves in harm’s way for their neighbors and communities. They do this without pay, without a second thought just to protect their neighbors and communities. They are hero’s. I spent a lot of time in New York visited many NY fire stations. I was told by many professionals in the fire service in NYC and other “paid” fire stations in other big cities, That the only difference between them and volunteers is thet they get paid. We both do the same job with the same levels of training and the same tenacity., for the same reasons. So take it easy on your local volunteers because at the end of the day….. They do what they do, for you and yours.

  • Brian D Hess

    I was a volunteer firefighter and emfor many years, never started any fires. Never stole anything. I did it because I could. And to help my community. I’m not sure how things are run in Schuylkill county. But everyone I’ve ever worked with at a fire or medical emergency did their job to the fullest extent. And actually took pride in the fact that they along with the police department were protectors of the community. Now I don’t know what actually happened there. But I would like to think that after a full and proper investigation, the party or parties responsible will be found and properly prosecuted. “What if there was a fire or medical emergency and no one came” , ” What if its your home or your loved ones who needed assistance and no one came ” I for one am very grateful for our volunteers in the fire service and emergency medical services. They leave their home’s and families any hour day and night, putting themselves in harm’s way for their neighbors and communities. They do this without pay, without a second thought just to protect their neighbors and communities. They are hero’s. I spent a lot of time in New York visited many NY fire stations. I was told by many professionals in the fire service in NYC and other “paid” fire stations in other big cities, That the only difference between them and volunteers is thet they get paid. We both do the same job with the same levels of training and the same tenacity., for the same reasons. So take it easy on your local volunteers because at the end of the day….. They do what they do, for you and yours.

  • grow a set

    All you people bad-mouthing the fire companies – grow a set and post your real name and address. That way you can be added to a ‘do not respond to’ list so when your house catches on fire, or you’re involved in an accident, they’ll know not to respond. Simple as that. You should all have special license plates on your cars that tells first responders you don’t trust them or support them. That way they can just say – ‘sorry, you’re on your own’.

    • SMDH

      Excellent idea. Let’s just pay higher taxes to have a ‘paid’ fire company. You sound like a disgruntled loner who was rejected by a volunteer organization and likely an all around loser in life. Get some help.

      • Carl

        be I lived in states with lower taxes with all paid professional fire companies . how bout stop paying people for worthless jobs at the state level and giving crooks pensions. And get rid of townships and other small worthless entities.

      • TOMTOM

        Hey SMDH…STFU…So you need a pulse and a desire to START FIRES to be a volunteer. Go light yourself on fire and call the Volunteer Fireman in your area. Just don’t let them breathe by the flames.

    • SMDH

      TomTom, I’ve read your comments for quite some time. You sound like you have the IQ of a fish and are probably a low-life dirt ball who lives in a hovel two notches above a gutter. Do you get up every day and strive to write inane drivel on a TV website? People like you make me laugh. I expel sputum that is better than you. Go enjoy your worthless pathetic life; I’m sure you are the life of the party—the loud mouth know-it-all that carries on and on and on about nothing and everyone in truth thinks you are a blowhard. If this website is all you have–it can’t be much of an existence and I’ve probably underestimated the depths of your pathetic little life. You worm–go find some good to do instead of sharing the unending parade of stupidity that you spew at regular intervals. LOL@you dirtball.

      • Tomtom

        I’m sorry. About time someone put me in my place. You are spot on with your description of my pathetic life. Again…I’m sorry.

  • Harv

    Fundraisers for non profits in the skook are usually a sham. Between the shady people who run some of the youth sports league to these volunteer firefighters.terrible track record here.

    • Susan E Phillips

      If you read the story, the money from this fundraiser was not there to be stolen. It’s a shame when your neighbors volunteer to serve the community and someone does something like this. It’s sad, what the world is coming to.

    • SMDH

      Apparently reading comprehension is not your strong suit Athens or the other 9 numbskulls who gave your comment a thumb’s up. Stupid people are everywhere and sadly multiplying. Go do something productive with your life instead of showing us all how illiterate you are

      • Carl

        So your opinion is the only one that matters?? I am glad you did well in English in high school. But the real issue is a lot deeper then A college English course.

      • gwilkers

        I can see why people are skeptical of non profits in the small town coal region of PA There simply is no accountability In nearby Delano recently the chief was arrested for stealing money to pay his sons debts. A lot of the company surround themselves with alcohol as well. Which makes decision making at times very shady. Then take account the PTO heads, the heads of youth football and wrestling associations and other non profits were arrested or accused of stealing over the last 35 years in the coal region. A lot of these people who operate t organizations have little business experience, education and some even have criminal records or have drug pasts!