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Four Firefighters Shot, Two Killed While Battling House Fire in West Webster, NY

Updated: Dave Statter posted chilling audio from the scene of the fire where Michael Chiapperini & Tomasz Kaczówka were killed. Listen to that here. Injured Firefighter has calm radio transmission and asks for EMS due to bullet wounds.

I first posted about this shooting on The Fire Critic Facebook page this morning. More information is coming out of West Webster, NY as the events unfold. Four firefighters have been shot along with an off duty police officer. Two of those firefighters are dead after an unknown gunman opened fire at a house fire in Webster, NY.

Update: Next press release update at 2pm.

Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering identified the four firefighters and one off duty police officer shot this morning, including the two firefighters who died. All four of the firefighters are members of the West Webster Fire Department.

The Firefighters killed:  

Michael Chiapperini – volunteer with West Webster FD and Lt. with the Webster PD.

Tomasz Kaczówka – volunteer with West Webster FD

The firefighters injured:

Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino are the two other firefighters were shot and are listed in guarded condition.

Off-duty Greece police officer John Ritter, was also injured by shrapnel.

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The West Webster Fire Department was called to the area for the report of a structure fire on Lake Road just before 6:00am. As the firefighters arrived to the fire, there was gunfire and four firefighters were shot. Two of them died from their injuries.

News reports from WHAM-TV have identified the firefighters shot as belonging to the West Webster Fire Department. The original reports placed the incident in nearby Webster, NY. Details are still emerging from the area. The West Webster FD web site is here. The confusion is understandable and I attempt to offer the most factual information available. This often means holding off to get the correct information. While the news channel above has identified the firefighters as being from West Webster, we have yet to see anything official from the department(s) involved.

West Webster FD has three pages on Facebook. Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3.

All apologies for incorrectly using the NJEFD/Webster patch.

At least two Webster firefighters are dead, and three houses on Lake Road continue to burn after a gunman open fired on firefighters who responded to an early morning fire.

The fire broke out before 6 a.m. on the 100 block of Lake Road on the Irondequoit Bay side of the street.


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  • kathy lyons

    What a sad day for all involed ,whats this world coming to !

  • Roz

    What is wrong with people? Do people no longer care or have a conscious? This is sad

  • Gary F.D.

    Honor the bravest, always remember….. Unless your a firefighter you will never understand… An eye for an eye is what the bible claims. Coward to shoot the saviors, come over to Gary and find out what you think street justice is. You Fucking coward………

  • Barry Carr

    Praying for the families of those that have lost loved ones. On this day before Christmas I feel that I must point to the one that this season should be about, Jesus. Jesus said these words in John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” These men…my brothers have laid down their lives for strangers…responding to a call for help…doing a job that they loved…helping their fellow man. I pray that God will answer our call this night because we are certainly in most need of Him.

  • Juanita Strait

    SATAN is what’s happened to this world !!! Rely on GOD. Please turn to him. He promised to Bless each of us all we need to do is call on his name, ask for forgiveness of our own sins And He Will Bless. I have many in my family who have been or currently are firefighters. I have always supported and prayed for all firefighters, policemen, EMT’s and nurses! Thank you for all you do. I hope 2013 will be a Blessed year for all of you. Also, to all our soldier’s current and past and their families, Thank you for your sacrifice & service. Wishing you all a Blessed 2013.

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