Unit #55 Fire
Tarkington VFD lost one of their own units on February 23, 2001 when the 1981 Dodge burst into flames after a brush fire call. Chief Paul Gregory and Training Officer Johnny Winkle were travelling to fuel up the unit when it sputtered several times before cutting out completely. As they made it to the roadside, smoke and flames came from under the dash as the two firefighters made a hasty exit. They tried to extinguish the blaze with the onboard extinguisher, but were unsuccessful. Instead, they had to watch helplessly as the truck burned while other units responded. Liberty County Fire Marshall Jim Wilson responded and ruled the fire an unpreventable accident.