"'That's funny, it wasn't a convertible when I left'"
June 12, 2008 · Updated 10:09 AM
"She didn't necessarily want a permanent sunroof, but that's what Brenda Napolean got anyway for her 1983 Mazda RX7 after Kitsap County Fire District 7 volunteers practiced removing injured people from the vehicle by ripping it open with the jaws-of-life Tuesday night at a South Kitsap wrecking yard.That, plus a check for $500 from the insurance carrier for Fire District 7 and copious apologies from fire officials.Turns out fire district volunteers unintentionally ripped open the wrong car at the wrong wrecking yard.For whatever reason, signals were mixed at the fire district level and volunteers who were expected to go to the Airport Auto Wrecking site on State Route 3, went instead to another AAW site on Old Clifton Road.Where they unknowingly ripped open Napolean's car during a regularly scheduled life-saving drill.Napolean had reportedly purchased the old vehicle for $500 and left it at the wrecking yard to have the seats replaced. She apparently intended to fix up the car and then sell it.When news arrived at the fire district that volunteers used the wrong car, officials immediately contacted Napolean, spoke with her about the incident and issued her a check for the amount she said she paid for the Mazda.We feel so bad about this happening, said Lisa Kirkemo, the public information officer for Fire District 7. What we need to do now is evaluate what happened and why, so we can ensure that this won't happen again.Napolean couldn't be reached for comment. "