Surviving firefighter recalls fatal shooting 1 year later

Kevin Swain and John Ulmschneider were responding to a medical call when a homeowner opened fire

By FireRescue1 Staff

TEMPLE HILLS, Md.— A volunteer firefighter who was shot four times still relives the shooting that killed his colleague one year ago.

NBC Washington reported that Morningside Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Swain and John Ulmschneider were responding to a medical call April 15, 2016 when the homeowner opened fire.

"I remember a flash. I didn't hear it and then it was like slow-mo and then … you just kept hearing the bangs," Swain said. "It just feels like it was yesterday."

Swain, 19 years old at the time, was critically wounded. He was shot in his right abdomen, back, hip and left buttock. Ulmschneider, a 13-year-veteran of the Prince George's County Fire Department, was killed.

Swain said he felt guilty after the shooting.

"It bothered me. It ate me alive, actually, because I would have to think that, you know, his 2-year-old daughter will never see her father again," he said. "I'm here for a reason, I guess."

Homeowner Darrell Lumpkin was indicted on six weapons charges in July 2016; he is set to be sentenced Friday.


Volunteer firefighter Kevin Swain, 19, was one of two Prince George's County first responders shot when entering the home of a man believed to be in need of medical assistance. Swain survived, but John Ulmschneider died in the attack. Darcy Spencer talks with Swain in the first interview since the tragedy.

Posted by NBC Washington on Thursday, April 13, 2017


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