Chicago Firefighter Shot While Putting Out Car Fire

Sandy Malone

A Chicago firefighter was shot twice in the leg early on Sunday morning while responding to a car fire on the street.

Chicago, IL – A Chicago firefighter was shot twice early on Sunday morning as he responded to a call about a car that was on fire on the city’s northwest side.

Firefighters arrived on the scene of the burning vehicle in the 3300-block of West Wilson in Albany Park at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 2, WBBM reported.

Gunfire suddenly erupted on the street as first responders sprayed water on flames.

Firefighters dove and took cover, but one 36-year-old member of the Chicago Fire Department was hit, WBBM reported.

The wounded firefighter, a six-year veteran of the department, was shot twice in the leg and both bullets went all the way through.

He was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital “in fair condition” and treated for his gunshot wounds, WGN reported.

“We are expecting a full recovery in six to eight weeks," trauma surgeon Dr. Juan Santiago Gonzalez told reporters at a press conference outside the hospital.

The head of the fire department expressed faith in his first responders.

“We are concerned any time we have a member who is hurt, but knowing that we have one of the best fire departments in the country, all things were addressed appropriately,” Chicago Fire Commissioner Richard C. Ford II told reporters.

Ford said he didn’t believe that his firefighter had been targeted, WBBM reported.

“We don't believe that to be the case," the commissioner said. "Ninety-five percent of the time the public, in fact, is very caring about the fire department... I just think this is something that was unfortunate.”

In fact, police believe the gunman was firing at a different target when the firefighter was hit, WGN reported.

The shooting and the cause of the fire that initially brought fire responders to the area were both under investigation by the Chicago Police Department.

A spokesman from the police department said investigators were retrieving surveillance video from the area and would be processing it quickly, WGN reported.

Detectives have recovered about 12 shell casings from the scene.

No arrests have been made and no suspect description has been released, WGN reported.

Comments (39)
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thomsibley1960
thomsibley1960

It only shows that in Chicago no one is safe as the Mayor is against the police in order to police their some of the problems in the city. Hell who would shot one of OR heroes, that shows how bad it is in Chicago and the suburbs. Federal government needs to go in and take back the windy city and burbs from these gangs.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Is it just a coincidence that all Democratic majority cities are infested with violent crime? .......................................NOT

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

now THIS one sucks. Fire fighters are actually there to help people.

JBoH
JBoH

“We are concerned any time we have a member who is hurt..."

If you live in Chicago, you should be concerned...PERIOD.

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Aim the hoses at the animals...

Five-0
Five-0

Animals can’t control impulses!

LynnSB
LynnSB

If I first responders cannot be safe in the performance of their jobs then fuck it let these people burn up let them kill each other pick up the goddamn pieces when they’re done I’m putting our first responders in harms way to try and help these people know they want to be animals that son of a bitches be animals keep our people out of it

Judid292
Judid292

Being in EMS/Fire Family, gunfire is always a fear... ammo in a burning house , car, barn, shed, etc. We were taught that the best/safest spot to be at is with an engine block in between you and the shooter/bullets. I been at a few scenes where I’ve ducked to drive the ambulance to ER, hidden behind Fire Truck with FF husband when there was ammo in a house fire and jumped out of ambulance side door to an out of town idiot with a gun- got shot by one of “our” idiots for threatening me- go figure: I let the second crew get him 😏
And I’m not in a ‘big’ city, population about 7,000.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Naw. They'll just use these events as an excuse to disarm the upright citizens leaving them at the mercy of the trash.

xenonman
xenonman

Looks like the country's toughest gun control laws are working! NOT!

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

WHAT!!! no checkpoints, no manhunt to find the shooter, no having half the states cops doing a dragnet on the hood! what an outrage! oh wait the hero wasn't a cop, never-mind. they only act like that when one of there own gets hurt. anyone else doesn't mater. kind of like when some opera singer crashes 2 secret service checkpoints and gets away.......

DarrellB
DarrellB

Are there sooooo many other "targets" on Chicago streets at 0100 that the shooter had difficulty choosing????
Love those Leftist Utopias!!!

Heezels
Heezels

This is a shame. There is a trickle down affect going on. Urban youth led astray by dangerous aggressive inner city culture, attacks police, fire, and EMS. Those men and women in police, fire, and EMS work tirelessly to save lives, especially in at risk urban neighborhoods. It’s a shame that a dangerous inner city culture has been rotting the minds of those urban youth and is creating a generation where many deranged youth fail to respect their city and fellow citizens. These inner city leaders and parents need to be held accountable for their failure to guide their children.

Stanracer
Stanracer

What, there's already war on the police and now the hoodrats are starting a war on firefighters?? I guess they'll be after the EMT's next. The world has gone crazy.


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