Firefighters Shot and Killed Responding to House Fire

Monday, December 24, 2012

Firefighters shot dead responding to a house fire in Webster, NY, a suburb of Rochester

Less than 24 hours after the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre appeared on Meet the Press and refused to support stricter gun control laws, two firefighters responding to a house fire shortly before 6 a.m. in Webster, NY, were shot and killed.

In all, four firefighters were ambushed and shot responding to the blaze. Two died, while two sustained serious. They’re expected to survive.

Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering, his voice breaking at times, said:

“It appears they were the victims of a trap. People who get up in the middle of the night to fight fires, they don expected to get shot and killed.”

Webster is a small, middle-class town northeast of Rochester. According to the 2010 U.S. census, Webster has a population of 42,000.

The Webster Police Department’s public information officer said the dead are Lt. Mike Chiapperini, 43, a volunteer firefighter, and Tomasz Kaczowka, 19.

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20 Responses to Firefighters Shot and Killed Responding to House Fire

  1. Brigadoon says:

    Firefighters? This country is now killing our firefighters? The U.S. is mentally ill.

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  3. WakeUpAmerica says:

    Want to bet the shooters are NRA members exercising their rights to protect their home from firefighters.

  4. Nigel Karsten says:

    There are simply too many guns in American hands. I’ve traveled across your great land and never once did I feel my safety was in anyway at risk. Please, America, put the guns down while you still have a chance. The world has started to see you as a psych ward with the door open.

  5. Rachel says:

    Teachers, students, firefighters. Where will it end? When will the American people protest en mass and descend on Capitol Hill to demand lawmakers tighten our weak gun control laws?

  6. ChiTOM says:

    So help me understand this? Our firefighters now need to either be 1.) armed or, 2.) arrive at a fire surrounded by a SWAT team in order to rescue occupants and put fires out? This is America 2013? No, this is bullshit, just like Wayne La Pierre and the NRA are bullshit. I am livid that school kids and firefighters are the latest victims of our firearms psychosis.

  7. hilly7 says:

    Oh wait, isn’t NY suppose to have bans on guns. Worked well there didn’t it.

  8. Today’s horrible events are the result of a total system breakdown.


    The shooter was William Spengler, 62. He bludgeoned his grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980 and was convicted in 1981. Spengler was granted supervised paroled in 1998 after serving 17 years in prison.

    As a felon, it was illegal for Spengler to possess firearms. But, thanks to the easy availability of guns and rifles in the U.S., he was able to get his hands on one or more.

    It is unknown if Spengler received mental health care after he was paroled. However, a normal man or woman doesn’t usually bludgeon their grandmother to death with a hammer.

    So, take your pick. Today’s horrible events reflect a breakdown in the New York state judicial and parole systems that could release a man who murdered his grandmother after serving only 17 years behind bars. Today’s events also reflect the ease with which a convicted felon can obtain a gun or a rifle.

  9. cjmac711 says:

    Another senseless killing from gun violence. Do we need any more deaths before we adopt new gun laws?

  10. Tena says:

    All I can offer are my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the dead, the injured and their families.

  11. Marcus Ybanez says:

    President Obama and the Congress must act to strengthen and enhance gun laws.

    If a convicted felon, guilty of killing his grandmother with a hammer can get his dirty paws on a gun or rifle, then the system is merely broken: it’s nonexistent.

  12. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Way to go, New York!

    You release a man who killed his grandmother with a hammer and then put a firearm in his hands. I am speechless.

    Time for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to clean up the cesspool called the Empire State because as of today, New York is a beacon for the criminally insane.

  13. DMason says:

    Why was William Spengler out of prison? Killing your grandmother isn’t sufficient enough a crime to spend the rest of your natural life in a 6’X7″ cage? It is in my book.

  14. ajihani says:

    David is correct. This Spengler had no business being as free as a bird. I’m glad he’s dead.

  15. Randy Arroyo says:

    I am disgusted. Only in America.

  16. fran says:

    Have we reached saturation level yet?
    The level of horror in these killings just keeps getting worse.
    I could not even stand to listen to the news tonight.

  17. Karen Phillips says:

    So sorry that this has happened in your town, Christopher…when will those of us who care more about children and first responders than we do supposed “Second Amendment Rights” get angry enough to raise our voices as one and scream, “STOP”? It must start with us. Peace be to the families of these firefighters, to the families of the Sandy Hook victims, and all the others.

  18. feminazi says:

    I feel increasingly like a stranger here. News reports say gun and ammo sales are up in recent years yet crime is down? What are Americans preparing for? WWIII? As for the Webster, NY shooting, it is my view that Mr. Spengler had no business being a free man. What he did to his grandmother was enough to incarcerate him for the rest of his natural life. New York is far too lenient and lax when it comes to sentencing. Gov. Cuomo needs to change this immediately.

  19. Joe in Colorado says:

    Horrific. What a terrible ambush of sterling first responders. The shooter had no right to be free and able to harm an entire community. This is unacceptable and can’t be allowed to happen again.

  20. TOM339 says:

    This senseless act of violence was easily prevent had the State of New York Board of Pardons denied William Spengler parole back in 1998.

    He killed his 92-year old grandmother with a hammer then staged the murder to look like she fell down a flight a stairs in the family home by carrying her dead, lifeless body to the top of the steps and pushing her.

    This is the behavior of someone who is either criminally insane or merely evil. Spengler’s release meant the community was put at risk. Shame on New York for setting William Spengler free.

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