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The two Firefighters injured in the attack are Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scardino. Hofstetter is a volunteer Webster firefighter and a fulltime Rochester fireman. He served the majority of his time at Engine 10 at the Dewey and Ridgeway Station and recently transferred to Engine 2 on North Clinton Avenue. Theodore Scardino is also a West Webster volunteer firefighter. YNN's Cristina Domingues has more on the injured firefighters' conditions

Dr. Nicole Stassen is a trauma surgeon at Strong Hospital, specifically the Kessler Burn and Trauma Center. She treated the two firefighters who were brought in here to Strong after the incident in Webster this morning.

"Unfortunately the Kessler Trauma Center is not a stranger to multiple victim causalities, particularly in the last number of years. We did get pre-notification that there were potentially multiple victims of penetrating injuries," Stassen said.

Dr. Stassen says they were notified about 25 minutes before the first victim arrived. Firefighter Joseph Hofstetter came in first, shot in the pelvis. Dr. Stassen says he had emergency surgery. The bullet that hit him is lodged in his spine and will likely never be removed.

Stassen said, "A lot of nerves run in that area from a bleeding perspective pelvis injuries can be significant."

Firefighter Ted Scardino came in next. He was shot in the left shoulder. That bullet broke his shoulder blade and traveled through his lung. He was also shot in the right knee. Those bullets are still in his body. Dr. Stassen said he may still have surgery on that knee at some point.

Dr. Stassen says Scardino also suffered some minor burns to the back of his head and on other parts of his body but nothing as serious as the gunshot wounds he sustained.

"His mental state would be what you would expect. He went to work not expecting anything and is now in our intensive care unit significantly injured. Both firefighters have been incredible but absolutely affected by what happened today," Stassen said.

A lot of what happens now is to wait and see. Dr. Stassen says both firefighters will have medical teams watching them closely.

Stassen said, "It's hard to know how, in that very first couple of hours, how long they'll need to be in intensive care and then up on the floor. It's likely they'll both need rehab."

Dr. Stassen says both firefighters are surrounded by fellow firefighters and family as they recover this Christmas Eve.

Injured firefighter Ted Scardino works as an Information Services Manager at Nixon Peabody law firm in Rochester.

The firm issued a statement that said, "Ted Scardino is a valued member of our Nixon Peabody family. We are remarkably proud of his service and bravery. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this tragedy."

Joseph Hofstetter has been a member of the Rochester Fire Department since 2003. He currently serves at Engine 2 on North Clinton Ave. The Rochester Fire Department issued a statement saying, "…As Mayor Richards and Chief Mitrano have already acknowledged, we are grateful that Joe is resting comfortably in the ICU at Strong, and we turn our hearts and attention to those of our fellow firefighters who were not as fortunate. This is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, the other West Webster members, the Webster Police Department, the Monroe County Emergency Communications Department (911) and the families who lost their homes."


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