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FDNY Lieutenant Injured In Shooting Praises RUMC

Posted Date: 8/25/2015
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Support from NYC 'truly overwhelming,' says firefighter shot by Bloods member

Maura Grunlund | grunlund@siadvance.com 
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on August 28, 2015 at 2:57 PM, updated August 28, 2015 at 3:20 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Lieutenant James S. Hayes, the first FDNY member shot in the line of duty in 21 years, gave a shout out for the "truly overwhelming" support that he received from New Yorkers up and down the ladder.

Hayes, 53, of Livingston, was wounded while responding to a possible fire on Aug. 14 when he was ambushed by Garland Tyree, who had launched a smoke bomb while barricading himself inside an apartment on Destiny Court in Mariners Harbor. Tyree, a gang leader who spent nearly his entire adult life behind bars, was shot and killed by police after a tense, nearly six-hour standoff with authorities who were trying to arrest him on a federal parole violation.

The FDNY on Friday issued a "thank you message" from Hayes, a 31-year veteran of the FDNY who is recovering from his injuries suffered while searching for potential victims based on a report of a smoke condition at that location.

"My family and I would like to thank everyone for their help and support during this trying time," said Hayes of Engine Co. 158. "The outpouring of support from the people of the City of New York and beyond is truly overwhelming."

Hayes, who has been cited twice for bravery during his FDNY career, thanked everyone from his fellow smoke eaters to Mayor Bill de Blasio.  

U.S. Marshals, NYPD and FDNY personnel on the scene "pulled me away from the building under extreme duress and threat to their personal safety," Hayes said.

"Your caring and professionalism from the moment I arrived to the minute I left made this experience much more bearable," Hayes said about the staff of Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton, where the lieutenant was rushed after the shooting.

 

FDNY Medical Director and Staten Islander Dr. Kerry Kelly, mother of SNL's Colin Jost, gets a mention.

Hayes concluded with heart-felt words for his family.

"Finally, to my wife and children your strength and love shown throughout this ordeal, makes me feel like the luckiest man in the world."

Here is Hayes' entire message:

August 28, 2015

Thank you message from FDNY Lieutenant James Hayes:

My family and I would like to thank everyone for their help and support during this trying time. The outpouring of support from the people of the City of New York and beyond is truly overwhelming. Thank you to the Federal Marshals, NYPD and Firefighting Units on the scene that pulled me away from the building under extreme duress and threat to their personal safety. Thank you to Mayor [Bill] de Blasio and Police Commissioner [William] Bratton and the rest of the NYPD for being so kind to my family. The UFOA has been with me every step of the way with unwavering support, so much thanks to them. To Commissioner [Daniel] Nigro, Dr.[Kerry] Kelly and the rest of the FDNY Medical Staff, my firefighting family from the chiefs at the top to my brother and sisters in the field I truly appreciate all the support you have shown my family. You are who makes this the greatest job in the world.

To my family and friends at home thank you for being there for us. To my EMS brothers and sisters who got me to the hospital safely, thank you. Thank you to Daniel Messina, President and CEO of Richmond University Medical Center and the entire staff. Your caring and professionalism from the moment I arrived to the minute I left made this experience much more bearable.

Finally, to my wife and children your strength and love shown throughout this ordeal, makes me feel like the luckiest man in the world.