A 19-year-old firefighter who was shot four times last week while responding to a call for help in Temple Hills, Maryland, has been released from the hospital Saturday evening, News4's Darcy Spencer reports.
Kevin Swain, a volunteer firefighter in Prince George's County, was recovering at Shock Trauma in Baltimore since he was shot Friday, April 15.
"Thank you for all the support. The support has been phenomenal," Swain said with a smile as he left the hospital. "I couldn't ask for anything else. I'm ready to go home."
Another firefighter, John Ulmschneider, was fatally shot.
Swain and Ulmschneider were responding to a welfare check at a Temple Hills home that night.
The man inside the home opened fire on the two firefighters and his brother when they entered, police said. Police said he believed someone was breaking into his home. He has not been charged.
"It's gotta be the brightest point at the end of a very trying week for us as a fire department," said Battalion Chief Eric Reith, with Prince George's County Fire and Rescue.
Swain was surrounded by his fellow firefighters as he made his way to a fire engine for the ride home.
"For public safety, a line of duty death is a dark moment and trying moment for any organization. The sweet point is today, there's a little bit of a ray of light getting to see someone that was injured critically get to go home and complete their recovery," Reith said.
Firefighters held a moment of radio silence Friday night, exactly one week after the shooting.
Swain's family has set up a donation site where people can give to a charity fund set up in his name.
An online fund has also been established to support Ulmschneider's family. He left behind a wife and a 2-year-old daughter.