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Cuomo Presents Flags to Families of Fallen Firefighters

Posted By Joseph Spector On January 9, 2013 @ 2:33 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented New York State flags to the families of Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, two West Webster Volunteer Firefighters who were killed on Christmas Eve.

Cuomo presented the flags during his State of the State address.

Here’s more fromĀ the Democrat and Chronicle on the presentation: [1]

They were introduced by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, the former mayor of Rochester.

“We lost two brave New Yorkers that day,” Duffy said. “They were both taken from us far too soon. Both of these men epitomize what the term public service is all about.”

On Dec. 24, William Spengler Jr. set fire to his Lake Road home and waited for first responders. When they arrived in the pre-dawn hours, he opened fire, killing Chiapperini and Kaczowka and injuring firefighters Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scardino, who were released from the hospital last weekend.

The two deaths rocked the Rochester community, with thousands turning up for their wakes and funerals.

Spengler, a convicted felon, also killed himself in the Christmas Eve massacre. A Greece woman who police say bought two of the guns Spengler used for him faces state and federal charges.

Cuomo spent a few moments with each of the families, presenting the flag and shaking hands on stage.

After the families exited the stage, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard talked about the tragedy in Webster to emphasize the need for gun control.

“In our community recent tragic events forever changed families,” Sheppard said. “This has got to stop. To truly make a difference we must do something. We can no longer continue to watch from the sidelines.”


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[1] the Democrat and Chronicle on the presentation:: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130109/NEWS01/301090040?source=twitter-dandc