Firefighters hold emotional news conference about Las Vegas shootings

Posted at 5:31 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 20:31:17-04

(KGTV) - On Tuesday, the International Association of Firefighters held an emotional press conference to discuss how local first responders are holding up following the traumatic events from Sunday evening. 

A spokesperson for the association said there were twelve Las Vegas area firefighters who were shot. Some were on-duty, while others were attending the festival on their time off. Two of them were shot while performing CPR. Some of them are still in the hospital.

Firefighter Anthony Rambone of Henderson Fire Department was attending the festival with his older brother, who was shot in the chest. Rambone helped rescue him, and he is in an Intensive Care Unit.

Firefighter Ben Kole with Las Vegas Fire Department was at the festival when he realized his daughter, also a first-responder, was there, too. He frantically ran into the crowd to find her, only to discover she'd been sent to a call on the side of the festival grounds that was furthest from the gunfire. She is all right.

The association stressed the importance of being sure these firefighters receive the proper mental health services. The potential for severe PTSD is high following a mass-casualty event of this nature.