“Both of the firefighters have been incredible, but are being absolutely affected by what’s happened to them, today,” said Nicole Stassen, M.D.,Trauma Surgeon at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Scardino suffered two wounds, one to his left shoulder that bruised his left lung and a second to his right knee.
“The main issues in the short term are with the healing in that lung,” explained Stassen.
“At this point he hasn’t required surgery on that lung but that may change depending on how the lung does or does not heal.”
As for Hofstetter, he suffered a gunshot wound to his pelvis.
“The missile is actually embedded in one of his spine bones and was not removed and will likely never be removed,” said Strassen.
Hofstetter underwent emergency surgery Monday morning because some bullet fragments entered his abdominal cavity and nearly hit his intestines according to Strassen.
Doctors and nurses in the Intensive Care Unit said they will closely monitor each patient as they are at risk for bleeding.
“We’re just hoping for a fast recovery,” said Luong Tran, a Rochester Firefighter who works with Hofstetter at RFD.
More than 100 firefighters are said to have visited the injured men at Strong Hospital.