WEBSTER, N.Y. (WKBW) - It was an unexpected and devastating tragedy. Volunteer firefighters lured to a fire then gunned down at the scene last week. Now, those victims are being laid to rest.
On Sunday, hundreds attended the funeral of Michael Chiapperini at Webster Schroeder High School with heavy hearts. He was a Lieutenant with the Webster Police Department and volunteer firefighter involved with the violent attack.
Chiapparini's casket was lead by bagpipes and saluted by first responders all across New York. Chiapperini's colleagues spoke about his devotion to public service, his family and friends. Many were unable to get the words out but they were supported by their own.
"Lt. Michael Chiapperini car 941, you are 10-7, your work, your work is done here. Rest in peace my friend," Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.
The other victim who was fatally shot was Tomasz Kachuka, a 911 operator, will be remembered at St. Stanislaus Church in Rochester at 10 a.m. Monday. The family not only welcomes friends and colleagues but first responders across New York and beyond.
There were others injured in the tragedy. John Ritter was hurt in the attack and was released from the hospital. Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scardino are recovering at the ICU at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.