SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene once they got the word that two officers had been shot.
This is what they heard from dispatch before heading into the crossfire: "PD has another victim of a gunshot wound. Scene is not secure. Repeating, scene is not secure. Stage in the area at 16:08."
Firefighters even shielded innocent bystanders from bullets. The firefighters acted courageously, but if you ask any one of them about it, they'll say they were just doing their job. The firefighters who found themselves in the line of fire on Tuesday did not have to work on Wednesday. They were sent home so they could rest and recover from what they went through.
"They took cover behind the truck and took some citizens. One lady was put on the ground with one of our firefighters shielding her," said Young.
Young won't say which firefighter protected the woman, but he may have saved her life. The truck took four bullets.
"The firefighter who did this heroic act did so selflessly to protect them. That's what we're here for," said Young. "The heroic efforts of the officers that went there to do their job and unfortunately lost their lives, they're the heroes in this."
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