Union officials say 12 off-duty firefighters were shot while attending a country music festival in Las Vegas, including two who were wounded while administering CPR to gunshot victims.
Angelo Aragon, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, said Tuesday that all the firefighters survived their wounds.
Aragon said dozens of area firefighters were attending the event and about 150 from about 20 stations responded to help after the massacre.
Several off-duty firefighters described sending loved ones away from the scene as they set up triage stations and taught concertgoers to help provide emergency care such using belts as tourniquets.
Anthony Robone of the Henderson fire department said he did first aid on his older brother Nicholas who was shot in the upper chest. The brother is in stable condition.
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Twelve off-duty firefighters were shot in Sunday night’s massacre at a country music festival, including two who were performing CPR on victims when they
Another off-duty first responder at the concert had to tell people to leave their dead loved ones behind and get to safety.
Those harrowing details emerged Tuesday at a news conference held by the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada at the Las Vegas Fire Fighters Union Hall, where uninjured firefighters described what they did when the shooting began.
Las Vegas paramedic and firefighter Benjamin Kole described the moment when bullets began to rain down on the crowd of thousands of concertgoers.
Kole said his friend, who is a corrections officer, knocked him to the ground and shielded him from the barrage.
Seconds later, the two took cover.
“At that time, I realized that my daughter was still there,” Kole told a room of reporters.
Kole’s 20-year-old daughter Rachel was working the event for an ambulance company. The gunfire continued for several minutes, but Kole said he never heard another shot as he searched for his daughter.
“We embraced each other, shed a few tears, looked at each other and said, ‘It’s time to get to work,’” Kole said.
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