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July 01, 2020

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

What do you do when you REALLY need to get to the bar, but it's 15 miles away and you don't have any transportation. Well, if you're this innovator you don't hitchhike, or call an UBER, or even steal a car. No, if you're going to make it to the bar you're going to make a statement while doing it in a stolen fire truck.

An Alaska man stole a fire truck from the King Salmon Fire Station and drove 15 miles with lights flashing to a bar where he was arrested, police said.

Dawson Cody Porter, 22, used a piece of lumber to break a window of the fire station and made his way inside the building around 9 p.m., the Bristol Bay Borough Police Department said in an online statement. Once inside, Porter started a fire truck and drove it THROUGH the station's closed bay doors. Police Chief John Rhyshek said no one was in the building when Porter broke in.

Porter switched on the fire truck's emergency overhead lights and headed west toward Naknek, 15 miles down the Alaska Peninsula Highway. Rhyshek estimates that Porter was driving the fire truck for less than a half hour before he parked in front of the Fisherman's Bar.

Unfortunately, the hero never made it inside. Two Bristol Bay officers made contact with Porter before he got out of the fire truck and he was arrested outside the bar, Rhyshek said.

It's unclear why Porter stole the firetruck and headed to the Naknek bar, but Rhyshek said the investigation is ongoing. In total, Porter caused roughly $10,000 worth of damage and made it so the firetruck, which is valued at about $100,000, was out of service temporarily as it awaited necessary repairs.


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Hi Lewis, Why do I get this feeling you are taking your next overseas vacation in Cornwall, and are going to wait until the hottest local ladies are around to rescue you before you venture out to sea? Just don't tell TZ of Laff A Day about this. -Lynda-Marie

Lewis, most of your stories elicit a laugh or an 'ewww', but that spider story will haunt my dreams.