Eleven-year veteran of the Dallas Fire Department and member of Dallas, TX Local 58 William An is slowly recovering after being shot in the arm and the leg while responding to a call May 1.
An was among the first responders dispatched to the report of a gunshot wound. The crew arrived to find the victim on the ground outside, and when they got out of the ambulance, the gunmen open fire.
An was shot in the femoral artery of his leg and the radial artery of his arm. Understanding that it was too risky to wait on another ambulance, a police officer at the scene drove the Local 58 member in his squad car to the hospital.
“Local 58 members are grateful for the officer’s actions,” says Local 58 President James McDade. “Getting him to the hospital so quickly saved his life.”
“We are all relieved that our member was able to receive the immediate medical care he needed,” says 11th District Vice President Sandy McGhee. “The focus right now is supporting our member and his family as the long recovery process continues.”
While pursuing the suspect, police sent a robot into a home where they believed the attacker was hiding. The robot discovered two bodies – one of them the suspect.
An is assigned to Station 19 and is a member of the USAR team (Texas Task Force II). He has already undergone three surgeries and may need more. He is in stable, but critical condition.
The Local 58 Relief Fund is taking donations to assist the An family. Contributions can be made here.