LPD: The Lakeland Police Department purchased 16 new cruisers ahead of schedule to get the cars before prices rise. LPD officials also expect most manufacturers will move to SUVs only for their police vehicle options.
PCFD: Relatives of a Lakeland woman who passed away in a November fire believe the Polk County Fire Department did not follow procedures and failed to save her. According to records, Loretta Pickard, 76, stayed on the phone 20 minutes while a 911 operator told her help was imminent. A News Channel 8 report alleged fire department records noted the home wasn’t engulfed in fames when firefighters arrived and they could have saved Pickard.
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