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Injured firefighter thanks UR trauma staff

Rochester, N.Y. -- One of the West Webster firefighters injured in the 2012 Christmas Eve ambush thanked the trauma staff members at the University of Rochester who treated him.

Joe Hofstetter, one of two first responders who survived injuries from the Dec. 24, 2012 incident, spoke Monday night at UR Medicines Kessler Trauma Center, which was celebrating being named a Level I trauma center.

Hofstetter, who also works for the Rochester Fire Department, said he knew about the facilitys quality treatment before his injuries and knew he would receive the proper care.

I knew ahead of time this was a top-notch facility, he said. I have some experience coming here as a first responder. Obviously, this was the first time Id been here as a patient, but I knew I was in good hands from the beginning.

Kessler became one of only two certified Level I trauma centers in New York state. Hofstetter said its clear the center has earned that distinction.

Theyve been so instrumental in my recovery, and just the compassion they showed me was incredible, he said. Its a great place, and they deserve this recognition for sure.

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