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Online fundraiser for memorial to fallen West Webster firefighters

Posted at: 12/26/2012 5:19 PM
Updated at: 12/26/2012 8:06 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

There is an online fundraiser to collect money for the families of Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, the two West Webster firefighters killed on Christmas Eve.

The organizer is a lifelong friend of firefighter Ted Scardino. He was shot Monday morning, but survived and is still at Strong Hospital.

The fundraiser is set up through Indigogo, the same site used to raise money for Greece school bus monitor Karen Klein.

Early Christmas Eve, four volunteer firefighters were shot at by William Spengler. Police say Spengler set the fire as a trap and shot at the firefighters  just as they arrived at the scene. Two firefighters, Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were shot and killed. Kaczowka grew up in the Explorers Program in West Webster. Chiapperini was a lieutenant for Webster Police and was named firefighter of the year two weeks ago.

The man behind the fundraiser, Bob Metcalfe, explains why he's doing it.

Bob Metcalfe, started memorial fundraiser, said, “Being on the scene that day, I saw a lot of bad images, that's how I’ll remember it. I want people only to remember the good out of this. There were a lot of good deeds that day.  One very young one, one a decorated hero, 20 years on the police force in Webster and just weeks before was announced as firefighter of the year. I think they need to be remember properly and this is the only way to do this.”

Metcalfe is a firefighter in the Laurleton Fire Department in Irondequoit. He was on stand by Monday morning. He wants the money to be used to build a memorial for the fallen firefighters.  You can donate, by visiting http://www.indiegogo.com/westwebsterfire