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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NY

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 82nd & 83rd Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters Mike Chiapperini & Tomas Kaczowka havemade the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families and members of the West Webster Fire District.

Mike J. Chiapperini

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 27

Tomasz Marian Kaczowka

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 19
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 1

Date of Incident: 12/24/2012
Time of Incident: 0536hrs
Date of Death: 12/24/2012

Fire Department: West Webster Fire District
Address: 1051 Gravel RD, Webster, NY 14580-1743
Fire Department Chief: James Deisenroth

Incident Description: Firefighter Chiapperini and Firefighter Kaczowka were shot and killed at the scene of a house fire that had been intentionally set in order to draw the firefighters into an ambush. Two other firefighters were also shot at the scene and are recovering in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. Investigation into the incident continues by local, state, and federal authorities.

Incident Location: 191 Lake Road, Webster, NY
Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter and past Fire Chief Mike Chiapperini and Firefighter Tomasz Marian Kaczowka at

To date, 83 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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