Independence couple shot in their home thanks first responders

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - An Independence couple nearly killed in a shooting at their home last January thanked first responders Thursday at Centerpoint Medical Center.

The Bryants were shots during a struggle with Jeffrey Whale on January 21 at their home near Farmer and Osage Road in Independence. 

"I don't remember much after I was shocked. I just remember laying there and being cold," Pam Bryant said.

Pam and her husband Carl were both shot at least five times; Carl suffered skull fractures after collapsing onto the driveway

For the first time since the shooting, the Bryants met the EMS workers who were first on the scene to treat them and get them in the ambulance.

It was a tender and emotional moment as the Bryants embraced EMS workers, Jennifer Nance and Echo Burns.

Burns and Nance said they were both so glad that the Bryant survived.

"We just tried to keep them warm and keep them talking and get them to the hospital," Nance said.

"It just makes us feel good to know that we are helping save lives," Burns said.

In a ceremony at Centerpoint, the Bryants were recognized as well as the first responders, Independence police and Independence firefighters who all helped the Bryants. The medical team at Centerpoint was also recognized for their role.

"We are just so happy to be alive and so thankful. I'm so grateful that all of these people saved us," Pam Bryant said.

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