They put their lives on the line for us every day and the last thing firefighters expect when they arrive is to be met with violence.
A firefighter for Engine 3 on East Main Street was hit with BB pellets while responding to a call in Waterbury Wednesday night.
"Responding to an emergency call and to have somebody do this, it's completely uncalled for," said Waterbury police Acting Deputy Police Chief Christopher Corbett.
A call for a fire alarm on West Main Street came in at 6:30 p.m. and just like with any call, firefighters raced to the scene.
"I think it's the last thing these firefighters expected, getting off the engine, and responding to the call to have someone shooting BBs at them," Corbett said.
Police said several shots were fired, hitting the truck and two firefighters. One was shot in the neck. The heavy jacket the other firefighter was wearing prevented the pellet from penetrating.
"I think sometimes people underestimate the seriousness of a BB or pellet gun. Certainly many can be very high powered," Corbett said.
Police are probing the possibility they may have been lured to the scene.
While police are investigating, residents said they were disgusted by the suspect's actions.
"Every day they come out and they step out and go in that fire truck and they're putting their lives out on the line," said Zsaquanna Rhodes, of Waterbury.
"What if they were in that position and somebody had shot a firefighter who was there to save their life," said Alana Polk, of Waterbury.
Waterbury police are looking at surveillance from the area, and think the suspect was either driving by in a car or perched atop one of the nearby buildings.
If you know anything, please call the Waterbury Police Department at 203-574-6920.
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