Community helps Fort Bliss soldier replace stolen, destroyed truck


U.S. Army Cpl. James Wesley Trent was visiting family in Florida when his truck was stolen and burned to the ground last year.

However, this story has happy ending thanks to a truck parts company and local shops coming together. 

Trent had just finished a one-year long tour in the middle east. When he decided to visit family in Florida back in August. During that time, he bought the truck he’d always wanted. Trent had saved the money he earned while overseas serving the country to buy a gold F-250.

During his visit that truck was stolen, stripped of its parts and burned to the ground. Trent says the only reason he could think why someone would do that is greed. 

“I don’t know why someone would do that, I think its just greed, people want what other people have,” said Trent.

Tuff Truck Parts based in Florida heard about what happened to Trent’s original truck. They raised $20,000 in order to customize his new one. They have partnered with 4 Wheel Parts in El Paso, where they will do the customization.

The Army Corporal now has a silver F- 250 that the company will be lifting, adding a new bumper, and alarm system and along with other additions. All the parts that will be used were also donated. 

“We really respect the U.S. Military and everybody that protects our freedom so we absolutely had to do something for this young man,” said Philip Gottes, CEO of Tuff Truck Parts. 

He won’t have to wait much longer to have his custom dream truck. Today, the custom parts will be added to his truck thanks to the efforts of Tuff Truck Parts. 

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