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Hartselle has right approach to promised gift of fire trucks

Conventional wisdom says not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Nonetheless, Hartselle Mayor Dwight Tankersley and Fire Chief Steve Shelton are taking the right approach in acting as if a Hollywood producer will not come through on his promise to deliver two new pumper trucks to the city.

Delays in delivery of the goods make Tankersley and Shelton somewhat skeptical about the promise from Wayne Heyman-Hanks.

"We're proceeding like we're not going to get the money," Tankersley said.

"My job is to make sure my firefighters have the equipment they need to be safe," Shelton said.

That is exactly the right approach to take. If Heyman-

Hanks delivers the goods, it will be a bonus to the city.

If he fails, the city leaders' healthy skepticism will reduce the risk of potential tragedy.

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