On Christmas Eve, a group of firefighters in the Rochester suburb of Webster, N.Y. responding to a fire. They thought they were going there to save lives but instead a monster loomed in the smoke waiting for them to take theirs. Ex-convict Williams Spengler shot and killed two volunteer firefighters as they tried to put out a fire he started.
Mike Chiapperini, 43, and Tomasz Kaczowka, 19, both were shot and killed by Spengler on Christmas Eve, while four of their brothers were injured in the ambush.
The Buffalo Bills will honor the two fallen firefighters on Sunday with a decal on the back of their helmets that reads: WWFD (West Webster Fire Department). The decal will be placed by another one honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that occurred earlier this month.
It’s touching move by the Bills, as Webster is just 90 miles from Buffalo. A total of seven homes were destroyed as firefighters were prevented from doing their jobs due to the threat of more possible violence. Webster Police Lt. Mike Chiapperini was the police department’s public information officer, and Tomasz Kaczowka worked as a 911 dispatcher for Monroe County. Chiapperini was named “Firefighter of the Year” two weeks ago.
Both men were volunteer firefighters.