Two firefighters remain at Strong Memorial Hospital

Posted at: 12/24/2012 5:03 PM
Updated at: 12/24/2012 6:41 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren

Joseph HofstetterThe two firefighters who survived a shooting Monday morning in Webster remain at Strong Memorial Hospital Monday evening.

When both firefighters arrived at Strong Memorial Hospital, they were in guarded condition but since then, the condition of one of those firefighters has been upgraded.

Joseph Hofstetter is a firefighter with the Rochester Fire Department and he has been upgraded to stable condition. Theodore Scardino is a volunteer firefighter with the West Webster Fire Department and he is still in guarded condition.

Just after 12 p.m. Monday, Dr. Nicole Stassen, who is treating both firefighters at Strong Memorial Hospital, held a news conference to discuss the injuries the firefighters sustained. She said both men are in the intensive care unit at the Kessler Burn and Trauma Center with significant injuries.

Both have been awake and alert except for when in surgery. News10NBC is told Ted Scardino was shot twice, once in his left shoulder area and in his knee – he has the most severe injuries. Currently, one of the bullets is lodged in his shoulder and the other in his knee. The bullet near the shoulder bruised his lung and doctors will be keeping a close eye on those injuries.

Joseph Hofstetter was shot once in the pelvis but Dr. Stassen says that is a very complex injury. She said he had to have emergency surgery. The bullet inside his pelvis embedded in his spine. The doctor says he has a long recovery ahead of him.

Dr. Stassen said the removal of those bullets in both men may cause more harm than good so they are being left in at this time. She also talked about the risks for both of them going forward.
They're both at risk for bleeding. They're both at risk for other things. They're being monitored for bleeding, they are being monitored for neurologic function mostly for Mr. Scardino in that left arm but also in that right leg. For Mr. Hofsetter, mainly in the leg affected by the pelvis fracture.

Dr. Stassen says right now it’s hard to know how long the firefighters will remain in the intensive care unit but she is hopeful they will both recover. They will be monitored very closely for the next day or two.