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2 NY firefighters shot when responding to blaze make progress, speak out; 2 others died

  • This undated image provided by the West Webster fire department shows firefighter Joseph Hofstetter. Hoftstetter was wounded when William Spengler, 62, who served 17 years in prison for the 1980 hammer killing of his grandmother, armed himself with a revolver, a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle before he set his house on fire to lure first responders into a death trap before dawn Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/West Webster Fire Department)The Associated Press

  • This undated image provided by the West Webster fire department shows firefighter Theodore Scardino. Scardino was wounded when William Spengler, 62, who served 17 years in prison for the 1980 hammer killing of his grandmother, armed himself with a revolver, a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle before he set his house on fire to lure first responders into a death trap before dawn Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/West Webster Fire Department)The Associated Press

The upstate New York firefighters wounded by a gunman as they responded to a blaze are on the mend and thankful for the outpouring of support.

Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scardino said in a statement released by Strong Memorial Hospital that they are "humbled and overwhelmed."

Police say William Spengler Jr. set his house ablaze Monday and then opened fire on responders, killing two. Spengler then killed himself. Seven houses burned down.

Hofstetter was hit in the pelvis and Scardino was hit in the shoulder and knee. Surgeon Nicole Stassen says they're doing well and were being upgraded to satisfactory condition Wednesday.

The firefighters ask that acts of kindness be directed to others, including those who lost homes in the blaze.