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Police and Fire Departments Team Up to Replace Stolen Christmas

Jan 28, 2016 08:51AM ● By Bryan Scott

West Valley - A West Valley City family left their vehicle running in their driveway on Dec. 21, 2015 at approximately 5:30 a.m. The vehicle, which had all of the Christmas presents the family had purchased for their children inside, was stolen. The vehicle’s owner reported it stolen then later saw her vehicle in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store located at 3140 South Redwood Road. The vehicle owner attempted to block the vehicle in an effort to prevent the suspect from leaving, however the suspect fled, hitting a parked car in the process.

West Valley City Police responded to the scene. West Valley City Fire also responded due to high stress and anxiety symptoms experienced by the vehicle owner.

Upon gathering information from the vehicle owner, the West Valley City Fire and Police departments decided to team up to help replace the family’s stolen Christmas gifts. 

“Today was a true blessing.  In my almost 15 years here, I have never seen anything come together easier and faster.  In less then 24 hours, we were able to save Christmas for this sweet little family,” engineer firefighter Mary Lindsay said.