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FOX 45 Special Report: Crews who save lives now training to protect their own

More and more, the ones trained to save lives end up fighting for their own. (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Across our country, first responders rush to action without hesitation. Police, firefighters and paramedics rush to the scenes of emergencies, often times without knowing exactly what they’re going to be facing.

But more and more, the ones trained to save lives end up fighting for their own.

Earlier in May, a Dallas paramedic was shot twice while out on a call after a man opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle.

The increasing danger Is prompting local agencies to re-think safety, from new equipment to self-defense, saying they need to be proactive, particularly during the growing drug epidemic.

“Here recently in another area of the country, they did a Narcan resuscitation,” Bethel Township Fire Department Chief Jacob King said. “Once the patient woke up, he pulled a weapon on the crews.”

At 10 p.m. on FOX 45 and 11 p.m. on ABC 11, FOX 45’s Shavon Anderson will show you how departments are working to adapt to this growing threat.

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