COHOES, NY -- They are the true heroes risking their lives every single day to keep you safe, but today it was the firefighters in Webster, NY who found themselves in harms way. More than 200 miles away in Cohoes, Lt. Jamie Hogan couldn't help but think what he would have done if it was his fire department that had to respond to that fire call. "Pretty scary and it's not something we think about often," Hogan said.
He tells News10 his fire department, like most others have undergone situational awareness training. During his shift Monday, which started as the tragedy in Webster unfolded he says he would be the first to respond to the scene if a fire broke out in Cohoes. "It makes everyone take a second look. It won't change my response, but you go to these things and expect to put a fire out not get shot at," Hogan explained.
Captain John Cooney, with the Troy Police Department said, "Tragedy comes with this profession."
Police officers were also put in the line of fire in Webster, and at the police department in Troy, Captain Cooney says his men would have probably responded the same way. "Webster is shocking. It's so far above and beyond what we're trained to expect. The whole public safety community will think long and hard about it," Capt. Cooney added.
Now first responders in the Capital region are hoping to pull together and support their fellow first responders coping with the nightmare on the night before Christmas in Webster. "We just need to put our bullet proof vests to the side because our hearts can be broken," said Capt. Cooney.