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    Bullet strikes Boonton fireman
    By Cass Doolittle, Daily Record

    BOONTON -- A firefighter on a training exercise escaped injury on Saturday morning when his heavy coat blocked a .22-caliber bullet fired by a man shooting at animals in his backyard, law enforcement officials said.

    Edward Robillard, 22, a member of the Boonton Fire Department, was struck in the right shoulder as he and other firefighters conducted training at the Boonton Senior Center shortly before 10 a.m. A second shot struck the rear of a firetruck, narrowly missing several firefighters who were standing nearby.

    The bullet that struck Robillard lodged in his firefighter's turnout coat, preventing injury.

    After canvassing nearby residences, police arrested Mark Sikora, 51, of Boonton and charged him with simple assault in the shooting. Joseph A. Devine, chief of investigations for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, said through a spokesman that Sikora was shooting at geese and groundhogs at the time.

    "There is no indication that the defendant was aware that the firefighters were training on the property," Devine said.

    Police seized a .22-caliber long rifle with a scope, a 9mm handgun and 12 boxes of ammunition from a workshop at the rear of Sikora's residence. They also seized a dead goose and alerted New Jersey Fish and Game officials to the incident.

    The Boonton Senior Center, where the training exercise was being conducted, is in a populated area on North Main Street, adjacent to the Rockaway River and near Grace Lord Park.

    Robillard was standing with fellow Firefighters Lauren VanRiper, 28, and Mike Gulla, 18, when they heard a single gunshot ring out, police said. At the same time, Robillard felt a sharp pain in his right shoulder and neck area. He looked and found the .22-caliber bullet lodged in his turnout coat -- a heavy, 20-pound jacket made of synthetic materials and designed to protect firefighters from flame, heat and chemical contaminants.

    "The firefighter's turnout coat is responsible for minimizing any potential injury to his person," Morris County Prosecutor Michael Rubbinaccio said through a spokesman.

    The firetruck was not damaged significantly, officials said.

    Sikora, who was released pending a court appearance, also was charged with discharging a weapon in the city limits -- a municipal ordinance violation -- and hindering apprehension.

    "He made efforts to hinder his own apprehension," Lt. Jeff Paul, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said. He declined to detail those efforts.
    PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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    "There is no indication that the defendant was aware that the firefighters were training on the property," Devine said.
    Does that really matter? There certainly could have been seniors on the property....who may not have been so fortunate.

    What an idiot!

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    • #3
      Maybe he thought he was a black bear.
      This space for rent

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      • #4
        The firetruck was not damaged significantly, officials said.
        Oh dear god not the fire truck,doctor can you tell me will it ever be able to do 3000 flashes per minute ever again???


        Im just glad this guy is ok,he was lucky....very lucky.

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        • #5
          Thank god he was wearing his turnout gear. I don't know much about firearms, but shouldn't everyone be made aware that bullets do ricochet, and don't always go where they're intended to go? That is pretty scary...

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          • #6
            Forget the bullet proof vests, police officers are going to turnout gear....
            Thats one lucky guy, glad he is okay, oh ya, hope the truck is okay too...
            I havent failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.

            - Thomas Edison

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            • #7
              Thank God Ff is ok, but......

              We are all so glad that the fire fighter is ok,(ok the truck too)but the idiot shooter....... You NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER discharge any fire arm unless you know what is down range, inside a municipality, shooting a goose out of season, and not being sure whats happening, who, or what is down range is inexcusable.
              Hope he gets a felony conviction so he can't own any fire arms (but it will probably be pled down).
              (should now be CharlieRFD,past,Pres.), but I've had this screen name for so long, I'm keeping it..., besides I'm Deputy Chief now.
              BE SAFE OUT THERE
              NEVER FORGET
              GOD BLESS THE 343 AND 60, MAY GOD GRANT HIS PEACE TO THEIR LOVED ONES.
              IACOJ
              F.O.O.P.

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              • #8
                Just glad the FF is ok. Trucks can be fixed or replaced, humans can not. Goes to show, you never know when your time could come.

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                • #9
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                  PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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