Firefighters Ready for Fourth of July Calls

It's a night most people get to relax, but there's no rest for police and firefighters on the Fourth of July.

For firefighters, it's normally a long day of calls involving fire work accidents and fires. But this fourth of July, things have been a little different in Papillion.

"It's been very quiet today," said Cpt. Brian O'Shea, Papillion Fire Department.

More calls coming out of Omaha, like ta firework injury call just after 5:00 p.m.

Police said the victim was holding an artillery tube shooting off fireworks when things went wrong.

"They were still coming out but then the last one they didn't come out so it exploded," said a witness.

The 27 year old male victim is now in serious condition at Creighton Medical Center, suffering severe injuries to both his hands.

Back in Papillion, firefighters went out on a few calls: a child bitten by a dog, a water line break, and a medical call. Most of the calls are fairly standard and can be seen anytime of the year.

"One of our normal medical runs this is uh difficulty breathing, we seem to get a few of those in the summertime," said Cpt. O'Shea.

The Papillion firefighters work a 24 hour shift, starting at 7:00 a.m

In their minds it's just another day on the job, just maybe with a bit more red, white and blue.

"We can actually watch fireworks all around us from everybody doing there's in the city, we can see up into Omaha, we can see into Millard, and everywhere else," said O'Shea.


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