Two Firefighters Shot and Killed on Site of Fire in New York

By Amelia Pang
Amelia Pang
Amelia Pang
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Amelia Pang is a New York-based, award-winning journalist. She covers local news and specializes in long-form, narrative writing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and global studies from the New School. Subscribe to her newsletter: http://tinyletter.com/ameliapang
December 24, 2012 Updated: December 28, 2012

NEW YORK—A shooting took the lives of two firefighters and injured three others at a fire in Webster early Monday morning.

Lt. Michael Chiapperini and Monroe County 911 dispatcher Tomasz Kaczowka were killed. 

The fire amplified as a result, destroying four homes and a motor vehicle, while damaging four other homes. 

“All of our thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of those who were killed in this senseless act of violence,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. 

Volunteer firefighters Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino, and an off-duty police officer from Greece, N.Y., John Ritter, were injured during the shooting. 

The gunman was killed by a gunshot wound. It was unclear whether the wound was from the police or self-inflicted. 

“We stand with our partners in law enforcement to ensure that lethal weapons are out of the hands of dangerous people, so that the brave New Yorkers who risk their lives every day to protect us are not exposed to additional danger,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a statement. 

“The contributions made by the fallen and injured officers in Webster will never be forgotten,” he said.

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Amelia Pang
Journalist
Amelia Pang is a New York-based, award-winning journalist. She covers local news and specializes in long-form, narrative writing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and global studies from the New School. Subscribe to her newsletter: http://tinyletter.com/ameliapang