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Stolen Smokey Bear statue recovered, returned to Broad River VFD

A Smokey Bear statue that was taken from a mountain fire department last week has been returned. (Photo credit: Broad River Volunteer Fire Department)

A Smokey Bear statue that was taken from a mountain fire department last week has been found, fire officials say.

The 6-foot-tall bear statue that was posted near the Broad River Fire and Rescue Department to let folks know the fire danger was found near Shope Creek Trail Head in the Riceville community.

Firefighters said the bear and fire-danger sign attached to it cost about $1,500. Community members pitched and a reward fund of nearly $1,000 was set-up for its return.

So far, no one has been charged in connection with the theft.

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