St. Louis area firefighter's health improving after being shot in the head


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Kinloch Firefighter, shot at Applebee's on June 22, is continuing to improve.

Arlydia Bufford, 20, was in the restaurant with colleagues when a gunman allegedly opened fire, shooting her in her head. Kimberly Penton died, and another woman was also shot.

Bufford has been taken off the ventilator and is breathing on her own, she is alert and knows what happened last Monday. Bufford was able to ask her mom for a pair of socks.

This past weekend, Rebound 911 held a fundraiser, which collected over $15,000. All the money is going to Arlydia's medical expenses.

Sales of T-shirts will continue through Sunday, if you would like to donate, go to Additionally, cards with words of inspiration and perhaps pictures drawn by creative kids can be sent her at the Kinloch Fire Protection District: 

Cards for Arlydia C/OKinloch Fire Protection District5684 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.Kinloch, Mo 63140

According to police, Bufford was sitting with other first responders at an Applebee's on St. Charles Rock Road when the gunman opened fire into two different booths. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene.

The following morning, officials said Bufford was in stable condition and breathing on her own. 

"My firefighter is fighting for her life, she is a very bright young lady, she is a very strong young lady," Stewart says. "Our hearts go out to the other victims of this senseless crime as well." 

Courtney Demond Washington, 28, of St. Ann, has been charged with first-degree murder in a shooting that left one woman dead and two others wounded. He was also charged with two counts of assault and three counts of armed criminal action in the attack.

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