Hundreds come out to honor West Webster firefighters

Posted at: 12/28/2012 10:27 PM
Updated at: 12/28/2012 11:35 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Hundreds of people came out to Webster on Friday from all over the country to remember the two firefighters lost during the Christmas Eve ambush in Webster.

Firefighters, police officers and community members came out to remember Lieutenant Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka. Both volunteer firefighters for the West Webster Fire Department were shot and killed Christmas Eve when they responded to a fire where a gunman lay in wait.

Friday started as a closed service with just members of the West Webster Fire Department.

West Webster Fire Chief Al Sienkiewicz says, "We had a group prayer and are going through and meeting with each family."

After an hour, the service was opened to the public. News10NBC is told more than 600 people came out for the calling hours.

"They are very popular individuals, not that that makes it any different," says Chief Sienkiewicz. "But because they are very popular, they are known throughout the community. They are known throughout the media. Mike was the public information officer, you know him by Chip. Tomasz's desire to learn the service was so obvious that he was mentored by a number of people that wanted to bring him along because they saw what an asset he was going to be."

Calling hours for the firefighters will continue on Saturday at Webster Schroeder from noon to 3 p.m. and then again 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.