BETHEL, La. -- Volunteer fire station, in the line of fire.
Rapides Parish deputies say someone is shooting up the Plainview Volunteer Fire Department, damaging the building and missing their fire truck by just feet.
News Channel Five's Brooke Buford found out what's being done to protect the people, who help protect us.
Firefighter Terry Sweat has been giving his time to the Plainview Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years.
"It's all volunteer," said Sweat. "We just volunteer our time to protect property and lives."
And while his job is to protect other people's property, someone is threatening to destroy what helps him to do that.
The Plainview station in Bethel has been shot at by vandals about a dozen times in the last two weeks.
"Over here on the door are where the main holes are," said Sweat, pointing out the damage. "Actually this one right here is in line with one of our fire trucks. It just did not hit it for some reason. I guess it glanced and went the opposite way."
The damage was reported to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. But, so far no suspects. Sweat says it will cost about $1,500 dollars to patch the holes. But, the station won't be paying for it -the taxpayers will.
"It's kind of aggravating because they're just destroying their own property," said Sweat. "The taxpayers out here pay for it. They're more or less destroying their own property."
The sheriff's department says Crime Stoppers will be putting together a reward for information leading to an arrest.
"This is terrible to damage public property like this," said Major Mark Wood with RPSO. "Vandalism goes on all the time and it is a crime and it needs to be handled. When we find them, they will be brought up on charges."
At this point, it's hard to know just who would do something like this, Sweat says. And, in the meantime until a suspect is caught, there are these reminders that keep an already alert fire station even more on guard.
"I wish they wouldn't tear up the stuff," said Sweat. "It costs them to replace it."
Again, deputies say they're working on putting together a reward that leads to arrests.
Deputies say if they do make an arrest, suspects will be charged with criminal damage.