For the second time in five years, the Hartford City Council has voted to donate one of its older fire trucks to its sister city in Jamaica.
But sources told the Eyewitness News I-Team that Hartford leaders are doing this even though the first truck never got there and is believed to be at a privately run airport across the island.
"I think it's outrageous that it didn't get there, said Peter Sparre of Hartford.
In 2008, the city council passed a resolution to send a 100-foot ladder truck to Morant Bay in Jamaica as part of the Sister City Program, which promotes international cooperation between communities.
Sources told Eyewitness News that the subject of the missing fire truck was brought up to Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra this past summer, when the mayor of Morant Bay was here for a visit.
Last month in fact, the city council passed another resolution to send another fire truck to Morant Bay. Even in its refurbished state, the truck is worth tens of thousands of dollars.
"It's not right that's a waste of taxpayers money," said Freddie Hill of Hartford.
Segarra, who was a council member in 2008, refused to talk to Eyewitness News and directed all questions to the fire department.
"I have no knowledge of what happened in 2008," said Hartford Fire Capt. James McLaughlin.
Documents obtained by the I-Team show the first fire truck was transferred to Morant Bay by the Caribbean Trade Council of Hartford, which is run by Andrew Lawrence, who is also a Hartford police sergeant.
Police sources told Eyewitness News Lawrence is now the subject of an internal investigation for his alleged handling of this.
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