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Injured Firefighters Improving and Release A Statement

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Some good news Wednesday on the two firefighters who were injured in a Christmas Eve attack in Webster. Doctors say there are doing better, and through a statement, we're hearing for the first time from the two men today.

Firefighters Ted Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter are at Strong Hospital recovering from their injuries. Scardino was shot in shoulder and knee. Hofstetter was shot in the pelvis.

Trauma surgeon Dr. Nicole Stassen who first treated the men when they came in said the goal today is to get both firefighters out of bed to begin physical therapy. She said it's expected the two who are currently listed in guarded condition will be upgraded to satisfactory later today.

Scardino and Hofstetter also released a statement for the community:

"We wish to thank the community and the nation for the heartwarming response to Monday's tragic incident. We deeply appreciate your compassion and support as we focus on recovering from our physical wounds. We are humbled and a bit overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes for us and our families. We are in good hands and want everyone to know that even though we are able to accept only close family visitors, we are so very grateful for your prayers. Like so many others, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, and with those who lost their homes. Please consider directing any acts of kindness toward others in the community who also need your compassion during this holiday season."

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