WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- In the seconds after the first calls of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, dozens of first responders rushed to the scene.
Those men and women were honored today in a ceremony hosted by the DC Fire Department and DC Mayor Vincent Gray.
Among those who were honored, 30 of them were either still in training or DC Fire EMS recruits.
"Those were the ones who wanted to go in there and get experience, I felt like a proud mom," DC Fire EMS Sgt. Theresa Shanklin said.
DC's Fire Chief, Kenneth Ellerbe, says he heard a lot about how the department didn't have enough ambulances and people on duty that morning, but he refutes those claims.
"This city is fully prepared for any kind of emergency," Ellerbe said. "I'm very proud of the way the team reacted that day."
Twelve people were killed in the shootings and others were injured at the scene.
The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed by authorities in a shootout in Building 197, of the Navy Yard Complex.