Jeep recovered after it was stolen from firefighter working Eagle Creek Fire
KALAMA, Wash. – A volunteer firefighter found his Jeep Tuesday after it was stolen while he was working to put out a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge.
The Jeep was stolen from the Kalama Fire Station last Wednesday, along with a fire department pickup and some valuables and personal belongings stashed at the station.
The Jeep’s owner, Jake Sorensen, was one of the firefighters who worked an 18-hour day fighting on the firelines of the Eagle Creek and Archer Mountain wildfires.
"We're just frustrated and and angry, and just really upset that this happened. It was a blow. A really big blow to our morale," said Sorensen.
They recovered the pickup in East Gresham on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said Sorensen’s Jeep was recovered in Portland. It was unoccupied and didn’t look like it had been damaged.
Deputies said they have a person of interest in the case, and are following up on some leads on the other stolen belongings.
Kalama Fire Chief Vic Leatzow wants to thank everyone who shared information to help get the vehicles back, and appreciates all the support his agency has received.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking the media's help by advising people to use the TIP411 smart phone app.