Firefighters Gather to Honor Comrades Slain in Upstate Ambush

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    Police said volunteer firefighters, Tomasz Kaczowka (far left inset) and Michael Chiapperini (left inset) were shot and killed by William Spengler (right inset) while responding to a fire Spengler set in Webster, N.Y.


    Hundreds of firefighters from the U.S. and Canada are heading to the Rochester area for the wakes and funeral services for the two volunteer firefighters killed in a Christmas Eve ambush.

    Police Update on Webster Shooting

    [NY] Police Update on Webster Shooting
    Police update on the shooting in Webster, N.Y. that left two volunteer firefighters dead and two other seriously injured. (Published Monday, Dec. 24, 2012)

    Calling hours for Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka will be held at Webster Schroeder High School. Calling hours Friday night are were initially for Webster firefighters and police officers only, but have been opened to the public because of the overwhelming response from the community. 

    Calling hours are also being held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

    NY Fire Marshall Responds to Webster Fire

    [NEWSC] NY Fire Marshall Responds to Webster Fire
    Firefighters were shot while responding to a fire in Webster New York. (Published Friday, Nov. 1, 2013)

    Chiapperini and Kaczowka were fatally shot by William Spengler early Monday morning when they arrived at a scene of a fire Spengler had set at his lakeside home. Two other Webster firefighters were wounded.

    Chiapperini's funeral is Sunday and Kaczowka's is Monday.

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