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Plaistow deputy chief pleads for return of stolen fire gear

Union Leader Correspondent

March 22. 2016 7:10PM

Plaistow Deputy Fire Chief John Judson is hoping that his fire gear, seen in this photo, is returned. (Plaistow Fire Department)

PLAISTOW — Deputy Fire Chief John Judson hopes someone is kind enough to return his fire gear after it was stolen from the back of his personal vehicle while he was shopping last week.

A 32-year member of the department, Judson said his truck was parked in the Market Basket parking lot on Route 125 March 16 when a thief grabbed a green Rubbermaid container filled with a complete set of fire gear.

Items in the container included his pants, coat, helmet and boots. “Judson-Deputy Chief 23” is marked on the yellow coat and the white helmet says Plaistow Fire Department.

Judson thinks the person who stole the container likely wasn’t aware that fire gear was inside.

“They might have just grabbed the tub and got a surprise when they got home,” he said.

The gear is about two years old and valued at approximately $1,500.

The container was sitting in the bed of his black Chevy Silverado pickup truck when it was taken. Judson said this is the first time his gear has been stolen.

“It’s been in there for years and I’ve never had a problem. Times have changed,” he said.

Judson said he didn’t realize the container was missing until he left Market Basket and looked in the bed of the truck when he stopped at a gas station a short time later.

While he has another set of gear to wear when he responds to fire calls, Judson said he hopes someone finds the gear and returns it to the fire department or another local fire station.

“We’d go get it if they brought it to their local community station. Hopefully somebody in the New England area will be able to find it,” he said.

Anyone with information on the missing fire gear can call the Plaistow Fire Department at 382-5012.

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