Can firefighter shooting deaths be prevented? with Marc Bashoor


On May 15, Appleton, Wisconsin Engineer Mitch Lundgaard was shot and killed while on a medical run. A police officer was shot and survived, as did a bystander who was also hit.

The call, for a man having a seizure on a bus, came out at 5:30 p.m.

When the engine crew arrived and started treatment, the patient got off the bus and walked away.

The specifics are still fuzzy, but the man produced a gun and fired; police shot back and killed him.

Here to discuss this tragic situation is Marc Bashoor.

With 37 years in emergency services, Marc is currently the Highlands County, Florida, public safety director.

He spent six years as chief of the Prince George’s County, Maryland, Fire/EMS Department and five years as emergency manager in Mineral County, West Virginia.

He’s the executive editor of FireRescue1. com and FireChief.com.

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