Remembering a Fallen Firefighter

December 31, 2012 Updated Dec 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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December 31, 2012 Updated Dec 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT

Webster, NY (WKBW) - Thousands of people mourn the loss of one of the firefighters killed, when a gunman set fire to his house, luring firefighters into a deadly trap on Christmas Eve.

It's an emotional time -- not just for family members. First responders who worked with Lt. Mike Chiapperini are also grieving.

Chief James Pickering was barely able to get through the last call, saying "your work is one here. Rest in peace my friend."

Chiapperini devoted his life to public service. He was a lieutenant with the Webster Police Department and a volunteer West Webster firefighter.

West Webster Fire Department's Chief James Deisenroth remembered Chiapperini as "a loving husband, father, son, brother, friend, and he was my mentor."

The service was fit for one of Webster's bravest. His casket, lead by bagpipes, was saluted by first responders from across New York.

However, little can mend the heartbreak for those who loved Chiapperini. Police officers huddled around each other at the podium.

Through the service, his wife Kimberly was strong, remembering his as "a wonderful husband too. He was so generous, loving, and thoughtful, devoted, my best friend."

She adds "my heart is broken, but I am so thankful for the years that we did share. My life is richer because of him.

The West Webster firefighters vow Chiapperini's family will never be alone.

Chief Deisenroth promised the family "as part of the West Webster Fire Department's extended family, our members will always be there for each of you."

The funeral service for the other firefighter killed, Thomasz Kaczowka, will be held Monday morning.

Two other firefighters were injured during the shooting, and are still at Strong Memorial Hospital.