Depew man wounded in Afghanistan
Foote, 23, was struck in the chest by gunfire, he wrote in a Feb. 1 email to a friend that was provided to The Bee. He said he didn’t realize he had been shot until he realized he wasn’t using his left arm. The bullet remains in his chest, because, he said, “It will cause more damage to remove it [than] leave it in.”
“The best part was that I was shot at about noon and I was released from the hospital around [3 p.m.] because for some reason, the bullet missed all of the bones and major arteries,” Foote wrote. “The bullet traveled about 8 to 10 inches, tearing muscle and tendons in my left shoulder, back and chest area.”
Foote is the son of Alan, a past captain in Central Hose Co. No. 4, and Anne Marie Foote and brother of Christopher Foote, a lieutenant in Central Hose Co. No. 4. Foote is not responding to therapy, and he may be going back to his unit’s base in Alaska for possible surgery.
Foote, a Lancaster High School graduate, has been a member of the Depew Fire Department’s Hose Co. No. 1 since 2002.
“He was a very good firefighte r,” Chief Gary Cummings said. “We hated to lose him, going into the service, because he was a very dedicated firefighter.”
The department is soliciting good wishes and donations to help Foote with his care. An email account will be set up on the fire department’s website at www.depewfire.org.