NYS Ceremony Honors Two West Webster Firefighters

Credit West Webster Fire Department

(AP)  Two West Webster volunteer firefighters killed in the Christmas Eve

ambush outside Rochester were among the nine names added Tuesday to the New York

State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy joined other officials and firefighters from across the

state at a ceremony at the Firefighters Memorial at the Empire State Plaza in

downtown Albany. Bagpipers, a color guard and the playing of taps were part of

the event attended by colleagues, friends and relatives of Michael Chiapperini

and Tomasz Kaczowka.

The two Rochester-area firefighters were killed and two other members of the

West Webster Fire Department were wounded when a gunman opened fire on them

after setting his home ablaze Dec. 24.

``I have seen firsthand through the horrifying tragedy in Webster last year the

devastating effect that losing public safety officers has on a community,'' said

Duffy, a former Rochester police chief. ``We as New Yorkers forever honor these

firefighters, their families, and those that currently serve, and thank them

immeasurably for their service.''