"To my understanding, the citizen received a phone call," explains Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper.
"The individual explained that he
was a local fire fighter requesting donations to support the local fire department.
stated that she
was unable to make a donation at this time and that's when the conversation went a little bit threatening, when the individual that was calling stated that he
hoped nothing happened to her
house or to her
That person notified the Ellsworth
Fire Department on their Facebook page.
Chief Tupper says it's particularly alarming because they're legitimately trying to raise funds for the 50th annual Maine State Federation of Firefighters' Convention in September.
"We have made phone calls to different businesses and individuals, asking them if they would like to place an ad in our program book or buy a vendor slot," says Chief Tupper.
If you do want to donate to your local fire department, Chief Tupper suggests hand delivering the money to the station.
"To have somebody come in an deceive the citizens, it puts a black eye on us because people think it's us that are doing these deceptions and it's not good at all," says Chief Tupper.