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D.C. Fire & EMS battled concussion grenades, racial epithets and a hostile crowd of thousands of people to treat the dozens and dozens of injuries reported on the U.S. Capitol grounds on January 6, according to a new montage of testimonials released by the department Thursday.
In a 50-minute, documentary-style video produced by the department, more than a dozen firefighters, EMTs and paramedics recounted the response to the Capitol riot in January.
“The first indication of trouble, for me,” said Amy Mauro, the department’s chief of staff, “was looking up and seeing a live feed from Twitter of protestors fist fighting with Metropolitan Police Department officers on the West Terrace of the Capitol building. And at the same time this was happening, the fire operations center area command officials were getting reports of two cardiac arrests simultaneously on the Capitol grounds.”