Newburgh Native Recognized For Life-Saving Efforts at FedEx Shooting

It's been nearly three months since a gunman opened fire at a FedEx Facility near Indianapolis' main airport. One Tri-State native responded to the scene the night of that terrifying call.

Posted: Jun 26, 2021 7:14 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2021 8:43 PM

It's been nearly three months since a gunman opened fire at a FedEx Facility near Indianapolis' main airport.

One Tri-State native responded to the scene the night of that terrifying call.

"Not only did you realize then it was pretty serious," says Jacob Johnson.

In April, gunman Brandon Hole opened fire at the FedEx Facility in Indy, taking the life of eight people and wounding several others, sending witnesses running before taking his own life.

"It was kind of chaotic at first," says Johnson. "A chaotic scene."

Jacob Johnson is a full-time firefighter and paramedic, but the night of the shooting, he was working his part-time job as a paramedic with the Wayne Township Fire Department.

And it was a run he'll never forget.

"We were asleep and got the call for an active shooter," says Johnson. "We have a dispatch system that has coded dispatched so this specific one was for an active shooter."

But Johnson was prepared. His training stemming from his hometown of Newburgh.

"Way back in the day we used to live by one of the stations, hung around the fire house," says Johnson. "When I was 16, I started volunteering at Newburgh."

It was in the Tri-State he found his calling.

"I fell in love with it," says Johnson. "I went to college and got a four-year degree and decided I wanted to be a fireman instead. So, that's what I did."

Johnson later moving near Indy.

The night of the mass shooting, he was stationed only ten minutes away from the facility.

"It's hard to go from the dead of sleep to really realizing the gravity of the situation, so it took me a little bit," says Johnson.

One of the many first responders at the scene, Johnson and his crew transported one patient to an area hospital.

"Communication on runs like that are hard," says Johnson. "You're trying to get all the information that you can on the way there."

It's why earlier this month, Johnson was recognized for his quick thinking in one of the scariest runs.

The Fire Department recognizing Johnson for his fast actions, teamwork, and dedication to helping patients survive the ordeal.

"I think I can speak for 95% of anyone in public safety, or that work in hospitals, any kind of field like mine, we don't do it for recognition at all," says Johnson.

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