Normanna volunteer firefighters named in civil suit
by Gary Kent
Aug 31, 2012 | 1929 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — The Normanna Volunteer Fire Department has been ordered to pay a communications company more than $1,700 and a $750 attorney’s fee in recent county court action.

County Judge David Silva said the award was the result of a default by the department and Albert Hoelscher.

The plaintiff, SAT Radio Communications Ltd. dba Industrial Communications, is located in San Antonio and it provides equipment like radios, satellite phones, GPS tracking, SCADA, mobile video recorders and emergency equipment such as sirens and light bars.

According to the suit, Hoelscher and the NVFD owed the company $2,081.85 for items. The company also sought another $1,750 in attorney fees and all court costs.

Silva said Hoelscher and NVFD officers failed to respond to the suit after the defendants were served with court papers on March 22.

The case went before Silva’s court on July 13 and Silva awarded the company $1,744.05 and $750 in attorney fees.

Another suit was filed against the department in July and Silva said that case is still pending.

Contractors Building Supply, another San Antonio company, claimed in the suit that the NVFD owes a balance of $8,235 for leased heavy equipment and purchased smaller items, plus interest on the debt.

That named the department, Fire Chief Darrell B. Phillips, Assistant Chief Hoelscher and Secretary Tammy Castillo as defendants.

According to the suit, the department leased a Case 550 H LT dozer, a Case 580M tractor and a Bobcat tractor and purchased a number of small items, including hard hats, safety vests, gloves, tape and glue.

The company also is asking for an 18 percent interest rate on the unpaid debt and for $10,000 in attorney fees.

According to Bee County court documents, that case has not yet been set for a hearing.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at
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