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Friday, May 7, 2021


On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at approximately 11:05 pm, Turlock firefighters were on duty in the area of West Monte Vista Avenue and North Berkeley Avenue. There was heavy traffic as a result of a sideshow incident that was occurring in the area, which caused the fire engine to be temporarily blocked.

Bystanders, who are believed to be associated with this sideshow incident, climbed onto the fire engine and began pulling off a section of a fire hose. In an effort to vacate the area, firefighters activated their overhead emergency lights and sounded their horn.

The fire engine was able to escape the crowd and found a safe location to pull over and quickly secure the loose fire hose. There were no injuries reported, theft or damage as a result and the fire engine was out of service for less than one minute.

Police were on scene of this incident shortly after it occurred and the crowd was already dispersing.

The Turlock Police Department has a plan in place and have dedicated additional resources to combat these types of sideshow activities in our area.

This case is actively being investigated for any potential crimes that may have occurred. As this is an active investigation, there will be no additional information released at this time.

The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information call Officer Donna Anthieny at (209) 668-5550 extension 6631. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at

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This information is being released by Turlock Police Department Sergeant Michael Parmley.

Any media requests should contact:
Sergeant Michael Parmley
Office of Professional Standards
Turlock Police Department
Office phone - (209) 664-7345
Email –

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