Ald. Terry Witkowski
Press Release

An attack on the caregivers

Statement from Alderman Terry L. Witkowski July 6, 2015

By - Jul 6th, 2015 01:08 pm

It is outrageous and reprehensible that someone would open fire on ANY city workers, but especially caregivers who are trying to render aid to someone in serious need.

But that is exactly what occurred early this morning (12:08 a.m.) when Milwaukee Fire Department personnel responded to a residence near N. 40th St. and W. Lisbon Ave. to help a person who was having trouble breathing.

As the caregivers were attempting to place the person safely in a private ambulance for transport to a hospital, shots were fired in their direction by an unknown person. Several rounds struck the ambulance, and one round struck one of our firefighters. The firefighter suffered a graze wound to the right side of his head.

I am relieved to have learned that the firefighter’s wound was not as serious as it could have been, and I pray that he will be OK.

As chair of the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee (and as a lifelong resident of Milwaukee), it is unconscionable to think that someone would open fire in the direction of caregivers. These critical caregivers are trained to help people and to save lives, and putting their lives and safety in jeopardy under any circumstances is an affront to ALL Milwaukee citizens.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to please call Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360.

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