2 firefighters stabbed on medical call eager to return to work

Both injured firefighters were released from the hospital within 48 hours of the stabbing and are expected to make a full recovery


NBC San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Two firefighters stabbed in a violent encounter Wednesday say despite the trauma, they are "damn proud" to work for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) and look forward to returning to their jobs.

Benjamin Vernon, 37, was released from Scripps Mercy Hospital Friday after suffering two stab wounds and a collapsed lung. Standing beside him was his partner Alex Wallbrett, 32, who was also treated for stab wounds and released Thursday.

"While this was an extremely traumatic experience for the both of us, we’re both doing well and expect to make a full recovery," Vernon said at a news conference. "Thank you for your love and support," he added. "I am damn proud to be a San Diego City firefighter."

Read full story: Stabbed Firefighters "Damn Proud" to Work for SDFD, Want to Return

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