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Webster remembers ‘Chip’ and Tomasz with Wreath Laying Ceremony

Christmas Eve marked the 9th anniversary of the two first responders’ tragic deaths

Tomasz Kaczowka (left) and Mike Chiapperini. (Photos Courtesy of the North East Joint Fire District Website)


Webster, NY - It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since Webster lost two brave men in a tragic shooting on Christmas Eve. But Webster will never forget.

On December 19, in spite of the 27-degree weather, more than 20 Webster Volunteer Fire Department members gathered at the Lake Road memorial site for fallen first responders Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka to honor them in a 9th Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony.

On Christmas Eve 2012, Lt. Michael Chiapperini, 43, and Tomasz Kaczowka, 19, were shot and killed by William Spengler after responding to a house fire Spengler started. Two other first responders were injured in the ambush.

Following the tragic deaths of “Chip” and Tomasz, the Webster community set up a memorial on Lake Road, where the ambush took place. The community remembers the two men every year in a wreath laying ceremony.

In a news release, North East Joint Fire District President David LaRue wrote: “We all miss our friends Chip and Tomasz, and we extend our loving thoughts and ongoing prayers to their families.”
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