The West Webster Fire Department has issued a statement in reaction to the hostage situation Wednesday in Georgia, where several firefighters were held hostage until a swat team killed the gunman holding them. None of the firefighters were seriously injured.
The statement from West Webster Fire Chief Jim Deisenroth reads as follows:
"The men and women of the West Webster Fire District were immediately concerned as we received word of the hostage situation that occurred yesterday in Georgia involving first responders. Our hearts sank as we began to think of our brother Firefighters and what they were up against. We had concern for their safety, the safety of other emergency responders on scene, for their families and for any potential bystanders. We considered the community and what it was going through and the level of stress for every person directly or indirectly tied to the incident. We remained focused on positive thoughts and followed the incident as it unfolded through various media outlets. At the time that the outcome of the incident was reported, we felt an immediate sense of relief considering how much worse it could have been.
Without knowing all of the details that are still being worked through their investigation, it is obvious that the calm demeanor of the Firefighters and Dispatchers, along with the quick and professional actions of the Police resulted in the best possible outcome considering the conditions. We are thankful for all of the men and women that participated in protecting our Brothers and for bringing this incident to rapid conclusion. We wish for a speedy recovery to all of those injured during the incident and send our sincere gratitude to the members of every agency involved for the work that they do."