Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement today remembering the two firefighters who were killed in an ambush attack a year ago in Webster, Monroe County.
The incident came just weeks after the Newtown shootings and rocked the state and gained national attention on Christmas Eve. A crazed gunman, William Spengler Jr., shot and killed two firefighters when they responded to a blaze at his home.
The Democrat and Chronicle has a number of articles on the one-year anniversary.
“On Christmas Eve last year, two local heroes responded to the call of duty and never returned home. The horrific ambush of firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka reverberated throughout the state as New Yorkers came together to grieve this senseless loss,” Cuomo said in the statement.
“It was an unthinkable act on a day when loved ones were gathering together to celebrate the holidays, and instead, two families were changed forever. On this day, these two brave men and their families are in the thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers. Their sacrifice to keep our state safe will never be forgotten.”