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Firefighter gets a free truck after his was stolen during battle against Christie Mountain fire

Firefighter Connor Callaghan was gifted a free truck from the Penticton Toyota Dealership.
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September 16, 2020 - 4:23 PM

A Kelowna firefighter, who had his truck stolen while battling the Christie Mountain fire, now has a brand new ride, free of charge.

Connor Callaghan's truck had sentimental value for him, and when it was found in Kamloops six days after being stolen, it was a write-off. 

READ MORE: Firefighter has truck stolen while battling Penticton's Christie Mountain wildfire

Staff at Penticton Toyota had been following Callaghan's story with interest, as many lived on Christie Mountain, and were disappointed his truck had been stolen. 

"I thought to myself, here's someone who's trying to protect other people's home and property, and while he's doing that, someone goes and steals and destroys his," Larry Pidperyhora, general manager for Penticton Toyota said. "We wanted to do something."

Today, Sept. 16, the dealership gave Callaghan a white, newly refurbished 2010 Toyota Tundra free of charge. The gift had been in the works for a few weeks, and the employees at the dealership were excited they could finally hand over the keys.

“I couldn’t really have asked for this to come out any better for me," Callaghan said. "It’s pretty cool to see community members helping out like that and reinstating our faith that humans are good.”

He said any of the money raised by a GoFundMe will go to charity. He hasn't decided which one yet.

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