Two Alabama firefighters shot at station, one fatally

The metropolis of Birmingham, Alabama was making ready to bury a fallen hero after a firefighter was killed throughout a taking pictures on the hearth station.

Jordan Melton, 29, died following the assault which additionally wounded fellow firefighter Jamal Jones. Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama was providing a reward of $45,000 for ideas resulting in an arrest.

Melton and Jones have been on obligation on 12 July at Fire Station 9 within the Norwood space of Birmingham when pictures have been reported round 8.30am, police mentioned in a launch. It appeared the taking pictures had occurred close to the station bay doorways.

Both firefighters have been transported to hospital.

Mr Jones was listed in severe situation, in accordance with a hearth division assertion, however survived. Mr Melton, who had graduated from the academy one month earlier, died from his accidents on 17 July.

“You could not be around Recruit Melton and not smile,” Battalion Chief Stan Frierson, from Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service, tweeted.

“I am known as a person who doesn’t smile often, but every time we spoke, it would end wit (sic) him saying, Chief, smile. I want [to] tell anyone you could not be around him and not smile.”

A public visitation for Mr Melton will likely be held on Tuesday adopted by a public viewing and funeral on Wednesday in Birmingham.

“Know that we’re exhausting every resource to find answers and justice for Jordan’s loved ones,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin tweeted final week.

“Jordan paid the ultimate price for his service to our city, we will not let that sacrifice be in vain.”

Police instructed WVTM13 that the assault was focused and the suspect(s) had a private battle with one of many firefighters.

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