Community helps visiting firefighters attend fallen firefighters funerals

Posted at: 12/27/2012 4:34 PM
Updated at: 12/28/2012 10:00 AM

Thousands of people coming to our community for the calling hours and funerals of West Webster firefighters Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka. They were the firefighters shot and killed Christmas Eve. These visiting families and firefighters are coming to a town with its arms stretched wide open.

A number of hotels in Webster and all over the county are offering free rooms for the Chiapperini and Kaczowka families. They're offering discounted rooms for firefighters coming to the funerals, but even a lot of those will be free thanks to people like Carl Bellanca.

Carl Bellanca, Webster Girls Softball, said, “It was something we thought we needed to do.”

Bellanca runs Webster Girls Softball. The organization bought two rooms at the Hampton Inn in Webster for visiting firefighters, their unique way to pay tribute to firefighters Chiapperini and Kaczowka.

Bellanca said, “This is such a tight knit community,  if you didn't know Mike or Tomasz, you knew of them and all the service they provided our community. “

They're not alone. There is post after post of people donating hotel rooms on the Facebook page called, “Prayers and Support for Webster Firefighters.”

In about an hour Thursday, the Hampton Inn got more than a dozen phone calls from people wanting to buy hotel rooms for visiting firefighters. The hotel is giving away free rooms for the Chiapperini and Kaczowka families.

Jaime Dengal-Story, Hampton Inn Webster, said, “We are trying to help however possible.”

Jaime Dengal-Story says she watched the tragedy unfold on Christmas Eve and decided she had to do something.

Dengal Story said, “Working in Webster is an amazing experience. It is a community. I enjoy going to work everyday. I work with the businesses city wide as well as the residents  and you just want to do anything possible to help out. so we're trying.”

A lot of the hotels are offering their bereavement rates. So for instance, when groups like Webster Girls Softball buy two rooms, they're paying about $87 each.

Calling hours for fire fighters Chiapperini and Kaczowka are at Webster Schroeder High school.  They are Friday from 6 to 9 and Saturday from noon to 3 and again from 6 to 9.
Friday night is for Webster Police and firefighters only.  Mike Chiapperini's funeral is Sunday at the high school. Tomasz Kaczowka's funeral mass is Monday at  St. Stanislaus Church on Hudson Avenue.

Here is a list of hotels offering free and discounted rooms for visiting families and fire fighters.

Hampton Inn Webster ("HQ"), 878 Hard Road, Webster, 14580, 585- 671-2050
*All rooms are guests/fire fighters staying have been taken care of by donations.

Hampton Inn Rochester North, Center Place Dr, Rochester 14615 (585) 663-6070 Office
$79 rate

Holiday Inn Express, 860 Holt Road, Webster, 14580, 585-872-0900
$59 rate. Some rooms have been donated for firefighters.

Rochester Plaza, 70 State Street, Rochester 14614,
$69 Room Rate

The Quality Inn Airport, 1273 Chili Ave., Rochester, 14624,
$64.00 plus tax

Towpath Hotel, 2323 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618,
Kings at $60+ Tax per night and Doubles at $65+ Tax per night 585-271-2148

Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 East Main Street, Rochester 14604
$92 room rate.

DoubleTree Rochester, 1111 Jefferson Road Rochester, 14623, 585-475-1510
$85 room rate and code "WWV" for call in

RIT Inn & Conference Center, 5257 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY 14467
Can offer a $60.00 rate plus taxes and has 75 rooms

Radisson Airport, 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623,
585, 475-1910
rate of $60.00

Hampton Inn Irondequoit, 1323 East Ridge Rd, Rochester, 14621, 585-339-3500
Can offer a $75.00

Homewood Suites Rochester-Greece, 400 Center Place Drive, Rochester, NY 14615, 585-865-8534
government per diem rate of $96 on our studio suites (sleeps 4)with breakfast included.

The Strathallan-a DoubleTree by Hilton, 550 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, 585-461-5010
Will offer $119 for a 1 room suite, $129 2 room suite -Just mention Webster Fire.

Radisson Riverside (downtown) 120 Main Street, Rochester, 14604
$60 Employee Rate

Holiday Inn Express : Irondequoit, 2200 Goodman Street N., Rochester, NY, 14609
$68.00, One to Four people per room with full Breakfast-per night. plus taxes

Homewood Suites Rochester/Henrietta, 2095 Hylan Drive, Rochester, New York, 14623, 585-334-9150
$79.00-One to Four people per room with full Breakfast, per night, plus taxes

Comfort Suites Rochester/Henrietta, 2085 Hylan Dr. , Rochester, NY 14623
$69.00, One to Four people per room with full Breakfast-per night plus taxes.

Best Western MarketPlace Inn, 940 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
Offering a rate of $59.00 + Tax

WOODCLIFF HOTEL & SPA, 199 Woodcliff Drive, Fairport, 14550, 585-248-4804
Will now offer $69.00 ($99 on 12/31). REVISED from 12/26's $108

LaQuinta Inn & Suites South, 717 E Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY. 14623,
(585) 272-7800
Will offer a $69.00 room rate

East Ave Inn, 384 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607, 585-325-5010
Will offer a $99 rate (on King or Dbl Dbl Room/Suite)

Holiday Inn Airport, 911 Brooks Ave., Rochester, NY 14624,
Will offer a $59 room rate

Holiday Inn & Suites Marketplace, 800 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
585- 475-9190
Have 20 Dbl Dbls at $89.00 each per night