POTEET, Texas -

A local volunteer fire department that recently had one of its trucks broken into reached out to the community for help.

The Primrose Volunteer Fire Department hoped to raise enough money to not only maintain its truck, but also purchase new gear to help better serve the community.

"We are trying to raise funds to do repairs in the building. Also to help match a grant that we are trying to apply for," said Veronica Croft, president of the Primrose VFD. "I believe a 20 percent grant that we have to come up with for a new pumper tanker ... That usually runs $200,000."

Over the weekend, the department held its second annual Valentine's Dinner fundraiser in hopes of raising money for gear, trucks, and much needed repairs to the fire station.

More than 60 residents showed up to purchase plates and show their support.

"In rural areas we know how important volunteer fire departments are," said resident Carrie Moy. "It's what we depend on when we need them and if they need the equipment, obviously we need to come out and support them."

Primrose fire officials said they need that support, especially after facing another setback a few months ago when one of their trucks was broken into.

"The batteries were taken out of the truck. They literally cut the wiring and stole the batteries out of the truck. That was $400, $500 worth of damage," said Bill Lay, Primrose firefighter.

The department did get the damaged truck repaired and all four of their trucks are working. However, firefighters still need funds to keep the department going and they hope the community will continue to support them.

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