Greece Police officer to be recognized for his actions during Christmas Eve tragedy in Webster

Posted at: 01/09/2013 10:06 AM

Greece Police Officer Jon Ritter will be recognized by town officials for his actions during the tragedy in Webster on Christmas Eve.

Officer Jon Ritter was on his way to work when he came across the scene of the fire and shooting on Lake Road. He says he was driving down the road just seconds after the firefighters arrived and what happened next was something no one can prepare for.

In an interview with News10NBC, Officer Ritter said, "This whole incident is a tragedy. I am a peripheral person in this. The true heroes in this whole event are the four fire fighters, Chip, Tomasz, Scardino and Hofstetter. Those people are people who get up in the morning and go to someone's house to help them. And for some unknown reason, some person decides he can do what he wants. As I come around the corner, I noticed the fire trucks are stopped on the south side of the road. At that point, I didn't see a fire and I didn't see any people. I started hearing popping noise which at that point I assumed was related to the fire. I pulled over to the north shoulder of the road to see if the firemen would direct me past or push me back. At which time there was a loud explosion and I looked at my windshield and there was a bullet hole right in front of me.”

Ritter said he immediately bent over, put his car in reverse and backed up a safe distance. Ritter said, “I, again, heard multiple popping sounds which I assume are gun fire in my mind.” He said he stopped cars and firefighters from going down Lake Road. "I said somebody's shooting, don't go down there. When it originally happened, I checked myself, but it wasn't until and I have no concept of time, some time after that, I was standing back at Bay and Lake Road and I noticed I was bleeding."

Ritter was hit by glass in the arm and chest but said he is feeling okay.

Officer Ritter will be recognized at the Greece Town Board meeting on January 15 at 6 p.m. at the Greece Town Hall.  

There is an online petition for Ritter to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Click here to sign the petition.