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Settlement reached in fight over Huntington fire truck

A settlement was reached in the battle over a fire truck in Huntington just minutes before a civil trial was set to begin.

The City of Huntington Volunteer Fire Department and the Huntington Volunteer Fire Department agreed to let the city's department have a tanker truck and equipment associated with the truck.

"Sometimes I think it takes until you pick a jury for everybody to sit down and agree to work together to do what's best for the taxpayers," Huntington VFD attorney Holly Perkins Meyers said.

Both sides told district Judge Bob Inselman they were also dropping all attorney fees as well. The Huntington city council will have to approve the settlement in a special called meeting within seven days.

"This has been an ongoing thing now for several years," city of Huntington representative Bobby Epperly said. "We are happy with the settlement that was reached. Now both, the City of Huntington Volunteer Fire Department and the Huntington Volunteer Fire Department can move forward from here."

In June, Inselman granted a temporary order rewarding the truck to the city's department. The truck was being used by the Huntington VFD.

In court, both sides argued they were the rightful owners. Evidence presented showed the title belonging to the city department. The city also paid insurance. Huntington VFD admitted to that but said they pay for the maintenance, and they need the truck.

On top of keeping the truck, The City of Huntington Fire Department will be awarded one Honda Sivo Pump, one combination cutter and spreader, one cutter for confined space, one ram, two connect hydraulic hoses and one ram extension. All the equipment carries an estimated $122,685. Both sides agreed the equipment would be given over to the city department by 3 pm on Wednesday.

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