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Central Alarmers Try to Recoup Lost Down Payment

The volunteers say the loss sets the group back two years.

A group of volunteers serving police and firefighters are struggling to recover from the loss of their $52,000 down payment on a new kitchen truck.

ABC2 reports the Fullerton-based Central Alarmers, which provides food and beverages from its truck to police and firefighters, paid its down payment to the Pennsylvania-based Krammes Kustom Body, which now tells volunteers it can't complete the job or provide a refund.

A lawyer for the volunteers is looking into taking action, but options could be limited. The lawyer said there are no assets for the volunteers to go after, according to the report, which notes the phone lines at the body shop are disconnected.

The group responds to fire scenes in both Baltimore and Harford counties.

Volunteers told ABC2 the $52,000 loss sets the group back two years.

The group had received grants from local businesses, including a $10,000 donation from Baltimore Gas and Electric in January.

As Patch reported last July, the new truck will cost around $190,000. A fire department spokeswoman said the volunteers perform an "invaluable" service.

"We have two rehab companies for our emergency services and they perform an essential service. When there's an extended call, any hour day or night, they're on hand to provide water, food, sunscreen—a warm place in the cold, or air conditioning in the summer," said spokeswoman Elise Armacost. "Sometimes our first responders can be out there for hours and it's essential to be able to eat and drink so you can keep going."

Nick Gestido contributed to this report.

dont need it April 23, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I wonder if they play tunes like the ice cream truck?
June Schmidt April 23, 2013 at 07:35 PM
This loss is no laughing matter ........ !
Rock'n Daddy April 23, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Central Alarmers provide a valuable service to both Fire and Police or any incident if they are requested. They are a volunteer organization and deserve our support.
Mark April 23, 2013 at 09:04 PM
what we don't need is you...
Steven J April 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM
They really do make a difference on the fire scene. I can't tell you how many times in my last 28 years in the FD they have gotten us through a rough night. I hope they are successful.
BobBaft April 24, 2013 at 05:25 PM
How can they not go after the owners of the auto body place? The money went somewhere....the owners should be held accountable. AMERICA NEEDS TO START BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE. No more free handouts to all these "needy" people....
sp0t April 24, 2013 at 08:07 PM
What does this have to do with "free handouts?" As far as I can tell from the article it sounds like the group was working with a business that went under (or at the worst, a scam) which would explain why there are "no assets for the volunteers to go after." In fact the only handouts mentioned are the food and services provided by the group at no cost to the first responders they support. Not everything in life is the fault of the unemployed, the underpaid, seniors, the disabled, immigrants, or anyone else you perceive to be getting "free handouts." This is about a group dealing with a business that appears to be in a financial situation so severe that they are unable to repay their debts. It's unfortunate but it is hardly unusual in this economy.

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