Webster, N.Y. – Despite a serious bullet wound, one of the firefighters first on scene to the Lake Road fire remained unruffled as he called for help.
Joe Hofstetter was shot in the pelvis. It’s likely his voice you hear on the 911 recording.
He had taken cover behind a fire truck and described the scene to 911 dispatchers.
Here are excerpts from the recording, which was posted on www.PhillyFireNews.com:
“We are being shot at. Multiple firemen shot, I am shot. I think it’s an assault rifle. We have multiple firemen down, working fire … I’m pretty sure we have 2 DOAs (Dead On Arrival) in the street … I am under cover of the fire truck which I have tried to move down the street, which has crashed. I am concerned about leaving the safe area I’m in, trying to move down the street, but I need immediate EMS … I am struck in the lower back and lower leg, both can be deadly so I need immediate EMS … The two victims hit have not moved since they’ve been struck.”
Hofstetter is being treated Strong Hospital.
Doctors say he’s looking at a long road ahead.