ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- There is good news to report on the volunteer firefighter shot at Applebee's in St. John on June 22.
Arlydia Bufford, 20, has been taken off the ventilator and is breathing on her own, the Kinloch Fire Department announced. They said she is also speaking and is aware of what happened and where she is.
"She even asked her mom to bring her some black socks," the fire department said in its release.
Bufford was one of three women shot at the restaurant. Kimberly Ratliff-Penton was killed in the shooting.
The Kinloch firefighter required multiple surgeries and her mother previously told News 4 that her daughter had a long recovery ahead of her.
"She is still listed in critical condition but this is a huge step in the right direction," the Kinloch Fire Department said.
Courtney Demond Washington is the accused shooter and police have not yet found a connection between him and the women shot.
You can send a get well soon car to Bufford to:
Cards for Arlyida
C/o Kinloch Fire Protection District
5684 Martin Luther King Blvd
Kinloch, MO 63140