Officials at the local and statewide level are reacting to the news of the deadly shooting Monday morning in Webster.
On behalf of our entire community, I extend my deepest condolences to everyone affected by today's tragedy in Webster. We will always remember Volunteer Fire Fighter Tomasz Kaczowka, also a 911 Center employee for Monroe County, and Volunteer Fire Fighter Michael Chiapperini, also a Lieutenant with the Webster Police Department, for their incredible commitment and dedication to public safety in our community. It should not be lost on us that these two brave individuals were killed while selflessly making the sacrifice demanded of all first responders - rushing directly towards danger in order to keep our homes and our families safe. On this tragic Christmas Eve, let us all keep our thoughts and prayers with the two Fire Fighters who we lost today, the two who are still recovering from their injuries, the loved ones of all those involved, and the entire Town of Webster at this very difficult time," County Executive Maggie Brooks said.
"Our hearts go out to Lieutenant Chiapperini, Firefighter Kaczowka and their families, and we pray for the recuperation of the injured firefighters and police officer. Our firefighters and first responders are like our military, they volunteer to risk their lives to keep us safe. They deserve our utmost respect, particularly in this time of tragedy, but every day as well," U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said.
"Today's violence is an unthinkable tragedy that has taken the lives of our friends, neighbors and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the public servants who died today and the families of those wounded. Our nation must address out-of-control gun violence and I am firmly committed to doing my part. Congress must pass comprehensive legislation as soon as possible and bring an end to the senseless gun violence that has taken too many innocent lives," Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said.
"Please take a moment this Christmas Eve to pray for the safety and well-being of the West Webster Fire Department, Webster Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Office and all other first responders - as well as the families and neighbors involved - in the events of today's fire and shooting on Lake Road in Webster. Firefighters, police, EMTs and all other first responders risk their lives at a moment's notice, so we must remember to truly appreciated all that they do for our community," Assemblyman Mark Johns said.