Support for the West Webster firefighters comes in all ages

Posted at: 01/04/2013 9:09 PM
Updated at: 01/04/2013 10:25 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

While people continue to reach out to support the Webster community in this time of mourning, two young children were inspired to help by returning some of their Christmas gifts.

Firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka and Mike Chiapperini lost their lives on Christmas Eve. Chiapperini was a father of three. Two children said they couldn't imagine losing their dad on Christmas and that was a big reason why they decided to help.

From a simple note to dozens and dozens of flowers, community support is seen all over the memorial at the West Webster Fire Department. The memorial includes Tomasz's car, heartfelt plaques and inside jokes. While News10NBC was there Friday, more people came to pay their respects including the Frederico family with 7-year-old Jessica and 10-year-old Julian.

Tracy Frederico says the day after the tragedy in Webster, her family donated to a Fill-the-Boot Drive and that night, her children decided to follow suit.

Tracy Frederico said, “Then Jessica, when we got home that night asked me, if she could return a couple of her presents and give the money to the firefighters because they said they didn't need the presents because they had their daddy that Christmas.”

The two young children decided to return Christmas gifts so they could give to the West Webster Fire Department.

Jessica Frederico said, “One morning I asked her I could return it and give the money to them.”

So with their piggy banks in hand, Jessica and Julian showed even at a young age they want to honor the fallen heroes and support the entire department. The act may not be as grand as this memorial, but it certainly comes from the heart.

Julian Frederico said, “They lost their dad on Christmas and I can't imagine being home on Christmas Day without my father. I just thought it would nice to give our money to the firefighters here.”

A spokesmen for the West Webster Fire Department says they have literally had calls from all over the world offering support.