Online Petition Started to Honor Webster Firefighters

Four were shot, two killed, in a ambush during a Christmas Eve fire
Firefighters Michael Chiapperini (top left) and Tomasz Kaczówka (top right) were killed and Firefighters Joseph Hofstetter (bottom left) and Theodore Scardino (bottom right) were wounded when William Spengler Jr. set his house ablaze Monday and then opened fire on responders, killing two. Spengler then killed himself. Seven houses burned down. (AP Photos/Photo via North East Joint Fire District/ West Webster Fire Department)
Published Thursday, January 3, 2013

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WEBSTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - A mission is underway to further honor the firefighters who were ambushed on Christmas Eve in Webster.

An online petition is seeking the Medal of Freedom for the four members from the West Webster Fire Department who were shot while responding to a fire along Irondequoit Bay last Monday.

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Two of them, Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, were killed. Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scardino are recovering from their wounds. The fire destroyed several homes.

Thousands of people have already signed the petition, which needs 25,000 signatures in order to be reviewed by the White House.

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Gunman Opens Fire on New York Firefighters

Published Monday, December 24, 2012
WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — An ex-con gunned down two firefighters after luring them to his neighborhood by setting a car and a house ablaze early Monday, then took shots at police and committed suicide while several homes burned. Authorities used an armored vehicle to help residents flee dozens of homes on the shore of Lake Ontario a day before Christmas. Police restricted access to the neighborhood, and officials said it was not clear whether there were other bodies in the seven houses left to burn.

Online Petition Started to Honor Four Webster Firefighters

Petition seeks to honor 4 firefighters


Request seeks to have the Medal of Freedom awarded to ambushed firefighters.


Funeral for Webster Firefighter Michael Chiapperini


Chiapperini and Kaczowka were killed and two others injured when a gunman opened fire during a house fire.


Candlelight Vigil for West Webster Firefighters


Four firefighters were ambushed by a gunman as they arrived on the scene.


Dispatch Audio: West Webster Fire