Firefighter claims his truck was stolen outside cancer center as wife had chemo

Forsyth County firefighter Matt Clark says someone stole his truck outside a cancer center while his wife was getting ready for chemotherapy infusions.
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Forsyth County firefighter Matt Clark says someone stole his truck outside a cancer center while his wife was getting ready for chemotherapy infusions.

Credit: WSBTV.com

Credit: WSBTV.com

A Georgia firefighter says someone stole his truck outside a cancer center while his wife was getting ready for chemotherapy infusions. His truck was locked and parked near the front of the treatment center.

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WSB-TV's Christian Jennings talked to Forsyth County firefighter Matt Clark about what it felt like to lose the truck.

"The someone who has done this just has to be empty inside," Clark said. It's hard for him and his wife to imagine how someone can be heartless enough to steal a truck from outside a cancer center.

"More than likely, they're not patients. They're someone that followed us on the highway, followed us in," Clark said.

Clark is a third-generation firefighter. He's been with the Forsyth County Fire Department for 18 years.

His wife, Kari Clark, was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.

"She's the sweetest, toughest woman I know," said Matt Clark.

After finishing a 24-hour shift Tuesday, Clark picked up his wife, and they headed to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan. They went inside at 10 a.m. By noon, his truck was gone, he said.

"So I went downstairs to get her a pillow, lunch and a blanket for infusion and my truck wasn't where I left it," said Clark.

Newnan police say they looked at surveillance footage and saw a newer model white Chevy Impala with tinted windows and a tinted tag cover pull into the parking lot around 11:50 a.m. A man got out by the Clarks' truck, police said. Two minutes later, the Impala and the Clarks' truck left the parking lot.

Clark said there were some sentimental items in the truck. His dad, who was also a firefighter, died three years ago. He also had cancer. Clark's dad's rescue knife was in that truck, along with other items that meant a lot to him. There were also medications inside that belonged to his wife.

If you have any information that can help investigators, call Newnan police. WSB-TV requested the surveillance video from Newnan police, but the station hasn't received it yet.

Clark said his truck is a 2002 white, four-door, short-bed Ford pickup truck. It has a Georgia firefighter tag No. CF615B.

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