The City of Houston Fire Department's "first out" Pierce Saber pumper truck, left, and Pierce Quantum ladder truck await the next call inside the fire station on First Street.

On Thursday, the Cabool Fire Department, Texas County Sheriff’s Department and a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper were dispatched to search for a missing five-year-old in Elk Creek. The boy was found safe before the Cabool Police Department and Mountain Grove Fire Department could arrive.

As a precautionary measure, a dog team and county drone operator were contacted. The boy was found safe and was checked by the Texas County Memorial Hospital EMS, said the Cabool Fire Department.

The quick resolution was due to the continued efforts of area police and fire departments to respond quickly and effectively.

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