The names of two West Webster firefighters killed by a deranged gunman in a Christmas Eve ambush were among nine added to the state Fallen Firefighters Memorial, reports the Democrat & Chronicle.
The families of Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka — both volunteer firefighters in the Monroe County town — received memorial flags from Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy at the event near the state Capitol, where the wall with the names of 2,381 firefighters killed in the line of duty stands.
“The whole landscape changed,” said Duffy, the former mayor and police chief of Rochester, of the Webster shootings that drew national attention. “Firefighters are trained to go forward and put fires out. That changed the whole thought process in terms of adding on to the dangers that these brave men and women face every day.”
Also among the names added Tuesday was Isaac Ransom, a firefighter from the East Clinton Fire Department in Dutchess County, who died in 1946.
The New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial was first dedicated in 1998, and new names are added each year during Fire Prevention Week. With the addition of this year’s nine names, 2,381 firefighters’ names are on the wall.
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