Posted at: 12/30/2012 11:19 AM
Updated at: 12/30/2012 6:52 PM
Lieutenant Mike Chiapperini, one of the heroes who died during the tragedy in Webster on Christmas Eve was laid to rest Sunday.
Thousands of fellow firefighters and police officers, along with community members, family and friends filled Webster Schroeder High School to remember the fallen hero.
Mike Chiapperini was a volunteer firefighter for the West Webster Fire Department for 25 years. He was also a past chief for the department. His service to his community didn't stop there, also serving Webster as a police officer for nearly 20 years.
Lieutenant Chiapperini rose through the ranks with the department, serving as a dispatcher, then as a patrol officer and was promoted to lieutenant two years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, son, Nicholas, and two daughters, Kacie and Kylie.