Police officers, firefighters and EMTs in Camden, Delaware, are on high alert after someone left an anonymous, threatening note outside of an ambulance dispatching facility on Sept. 18, The News Journal reported.
“Give all your employees Bullet prof vest we’re After all EMS, Fire and police good luck A** H****,” the note reads.
According to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, the matter is being investigated and the note is being processed for fingerprints.
“Threats to law enforcement are not uncommon whether it be verbally or through social media,” Fournier wrote in an email to The News Journal. "We take these threats seriously and will continue to investigate any threats made to first responders."
The note was left on a trash can outside Heart to Heart transportation, a Maryland-based private ambulance service. “We’re taking it very seriously,” said Cory Skidmore, the company’s vice president for operations and safety.
Members of staff were notified, and the note was widely circulated online.
“This is really, really sad,” Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen said. “Having been a fireman for many years, I think it is unconscionable that you would put a threat out there to the people you would call for any sort of emergency.”
“It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but nothing surprises me anymore,” he added.
Fred Calhoun, president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Delaware, told The News Journal: “I find it unnerving that now they’re targeting EMS and fire, because they do a really completely different job than us. They are not armed. They go out there to save lives every day. Sometimes with us, sometimes without us.”