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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Dozens of St. Paul firefighters honored for ‘devotion to duty and courage’ in response to Seventh Street Truck Park shooting

The original report that four people were shot at a St. Paul’s bar was dire, but not a situation emergency responders had not seen before.

As the crew of St. Paul Fire Captain Mark Munson approached a mortally wounded woman outside the Seventh Street Truck Park bar on October 10, he walked across the street and “the scene in front of me became uncontrollable – there’s a victim.” On the right, another victim with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his neck on the sidewalk, another further to the left with a leg injury,” Munson recalled Tuesday. He tested patients, assessing who needed immediate medical attention.

Marquisha Willie (courtesy of the family)

It was learned that 15 people were injured in the shootout and Marquisha Willie, 27, died on the spot. In Munson’s 20 years as a firefighter, he experienced nothing like the situation that night and said he hoped he never did again.

Fire Chief Butch Inc. announced commendations for Munson and District Fire Chief John Galle, and honored 38 additional firefighters on Tuesday. He said he demonstrated “quick action, devotion to duty and courage” in “running to the voice of chaos and danger”.

City firefighters also work as paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

Police have said that most of the people who shot at the overcrowded food hall and bar near Wiley and Xcel Energy Center were innocent. Terry Lorenzo Brown Jr., 33, and Devondre Trayvon Phillips, 29, have been charged in the case. According to court documents, Brown opened fire after being accused of misbehaving with a relative of his girlfriend, Phillips.

Ink said ten ambulances and three fire rigs were dispatched for the shooting, taking a total of 52 firefighters — about half the staff on duty. According to Munson, the last patient was going to the hospital within 30 minutes.

Mayor Melvin Carter said Tuesday that the shooting was “unimaginable, so horrifying and painful,” changing families forever.

Dozens Of St. Paul Firefighters Honored For 'Devotion To Duty And Courage' In Response To Seventh Street Truck Park Shooting
St. Paul Fire Department Captain Mark Munson, left to right, firefighter Bernard Foster and fire equipment operator Nick Hansen. (John Otte / Pioneer Press)

Turning to see the firefighters, Carter told them: “I can’t imagine the trauma you had to expose yourself, to jump into that scene, to triage, to take care of families, For taking care of the victims. … We thank you for your valor, we thank you for your bravery.”

Munson said he is also proud of the work the city’s firefighters do. “Those patients had the best initial care possible,” he said.

St. Paul firefighters work 24-hour shifts and have beds at their stations, but Munson said they lost sleep after the midnight shooting in October. What happened “kept on… through my head,” he said.

In addition to Munson and Galle, Inc. was awarded:

  • Firefighter Ryan G. Burns, Ryan Eckert, Bernard Foster, Tanner Hanke, Shawn Harris, Thomas Hernandez, Chris Hornyak, Steven Johnson, Corey Ketchmark, Tou Lee, Bryce Lindahl, Andrew Martinez, Cody Mittelstadt, Anthony Probasco, Sarah Reisner, Roberto Rodriguez, Megan Rosler, Kevin Sack, Uliser Sanchez, William Sims, Thomas Swehel, Matthew Swenson and Lance Thompson.
  • Fire Equipment Operators Mike Kristofferson, Al Fonseca, Nick Hansen, Jim Hoel, Douglas Johnson, Nicholas Kueneman, Brian Miller, Chuck Perbix and Chuck Schwartz.
  • Captain Ryan Kristofferson, Juan Morin, Eric Papp, Nate Soul, Josh Tweed and Nathan Wiley.
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