CLEVELAND -- When returning from an emergency call Sunday evening, some Cleveland firefighters found a bullet hole in one of their station's bay doors.
It happened at Station 30 at 10225 St. Clair, marking the third shooting of a Cleveland fire station in the last seven months.
On Jan. 1 and 9 earlier this year, Station 20 at 3765 Pearl Road was also shot.
Cleveland Firefighters Local 93 Secretary Mike Norman issued the following statement:
"These incidents don't just hit close to home – they hit our home, where firefighters live, train and await calls during our shifts. When coupled with two off-duty members being shot and killed in the same time period – the frequency makes us and our families wonder if we are being targeted.
"As first responders, we too often deal with the effects of gun violence. It's our job to raise safety issues that affect the public and our firefighters. We would be foolish to stay silent or not be concerned.
"The City has not met with us to address these safety concerns. And while our members live in these Stations for 24 hours at a time, the buildings belong to the community. Attacks on Fire Stations are attacks on the community. We need to know that the leadership of this city cares and is acting to keep our firefighters and community safe."