Dallas firefighter critically injured by suicidal gunman is released from hospital

06 Jun 2017 7:52 AM | Adam Adams (Administrator)

The Dallas Morning News - Kylie Madry - 01 June 2016

A Dallas firefighter-paramedic has been released from the hospital less than a month after nearly being killed by a suicidal gunman in Old East Dallas.

William An joined Dallas Fire-Rescue in 2006.(Dallas Fire-Rescue)

William An joined Dallas Fire-Rescue in 2006. 

(Dallas Fire-Rescue)

William An, 36, was shot May 1 while he tended to the first two victims during the rampage in the 3200 block of Reynolds Avenue. The bullets broke his leg and pierced an artery, causing significant blood loss.

When police arrived at the scene, An was lying in the street and the gunman, Derrick Lamont Brown, had holed up inside his home.

Officers drove An in a squad car to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He reportedly went into cardiac arrest three times during surgery.

Lamont was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had also killed his godfather, 66-year-old Arthur Riggins, and shot a neighbor, who was treated at a hospital.

It was the last Dallas Fire-Rescue vehicle that An rode in, Rescue 19, that drove him home Wednesday. 

"Watching Will being released from Baylor Hospital was amazing, especially when you consider where he was just a month ago," Fire Chief David  Coatney said in a statement. "None of us could have imagined we'd be at this point, this soon."

An and his wife, Jayne, have a 3-year-old son and are expecting a second child. People who would like to help his family can donate to the Dallas Fire Fighters Association Local 58 Relief Fund at local58relieffund.com or 10956 Audelia Road, Dallas, TX 75243.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas/2017/05/31/dallas-firefighter-critically-injured-suicidal-gunman-released-hospital

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