2 new Youngstown firefighters sworn in as shooter remains at large

Scott Thomas and Andrew Spisak are the newest members of the Youngstown Fire Department

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Fire Department swore in new firefighters on Wednesday morning, just two days after a firefighter was shot at a vacant house fire. 

Youngstown Fire Chief John O’Neill said the attack on his crews has changed perspectives of the job.

“Once that happens, you kind of get on edge for awhile until that guy’s caught,” he said.

Scott Thomas, from Hubbard, and Andrew Spisak, from Boardman, rose their right hands as Mayor John McNally welcomed them to the department. The men said they are excited to start the new job, but they are also on edge.

“Without a doubt, things happen, but I think the guys down here will have everyone’s back, especially the Youngstown Police Department, but I am excited to say the least,” Thomas said.

McNally reminded everyone to stay safe, but those involved are confident that the person responsible for Monday’s shooting will be found.

“The Detective Division, the police department, the Prosecutor’s Office are well-committed to making sure the events of the last couple days do not repeat themselves,” McNally said.

Chief O’Neill said the firefighter who was shot in the leg, Lt. Paul Lutton, is home from the hospital and in good spirits.