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Cleveland firefighters in danger

(Cleveland) - Someone appears to be taking shots at fire stations in the city.

On Sunday evening, members of Cleveland Fire Station 30 at 10225 St. Clair returned from an emergency run to find a bullet hole in the window of one of the station’s bay doors. Station 20 at 3765 Pearl Road was shot on January 1th and 9th this year.

It’s the third shooting of a Cleveland Fire Station in the last seven months.

On November 3, 2013, Cleveland Fire Lieutenant William Walker was gunned down in his driveway on Lampson Road. More recently, Cleveland Firefighter Theodore Wright was shot and killed in May, on East 71st Street.

Walker had parked in his driveway and was shot multiple times in the chest while walking to his house on Lampson Road. Wright was found to be shot, after his 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck and struck a utility pole at Classen and East 71st in Cleveland.

Cleveland Firefighters Local 93 Secretary Mike Norman told Newsradio WTAM 1100, “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."

So far there are no suspects in either homicide, there are thousands of dollars of reward money available.

Despite the shootings and the killings, Norman said city leaders have not met with tem to address safety concerns. He explained, "...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.”

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