Cedar Rapids Fire Department Under Fire

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A few firefighters were caught off guard late Tuesday night.

At around 10 p.m., they were leaving a medical call at an apartment near Kirkwood Community College. Suddenly, they heard something hit the windshield of the fire truck.

Authorities said someone shot a pellet gun at the truck and the pellet smashed into the windshield. Cedar Rapids Fire Department's Greg Buelow said it left a two-inch hole that will cost about $600 to repair.

"It was totally irresponsible and criminal to be firing towards an emergency apparatus," Buelow said.

The pellet smashed into the windshield right in front of where the captain was sitting in the passenger side of the engine. It hit hard enough to send shards of glass at him.

"It's kind of disheartening to know someone has such low regard for a group of firefighters that were out there to respond to a medical emergency to assist somebody and on the way out this act is something you fire at a fire engine,"

No one was injured in the incident, but the crew found the pellet lodged inside the glass of the window.

No one should be shot at, absolutely no one. It's not acceptable," Buelow said.

Police are still investigating who fired at the engine. They're asking anyone with any information to call Cedar Rapids Police.
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