posted on December 31, 2012 07:45
A large contingent of Genesee County Firefighters plan to attend funeral services today for Webster Firemen Tomasz Kaczowka
The 19-year-old volunteer was one of two firemen shot to death on Christmas Eve while answering a fire call that would turn tragically, into an ambush.
Services were held yesterday for Webster Police Officer and fire fighter Mike Chiapperini, also attended by dozens of local firefighters.
As the delegation prepared to leave for Webster, Genesee County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Yeager talked about the bond between first responders:
"It's a brotherhood, a sisterhood. There's times we act like brothers and sisters and don't get along but when you pick on one of us you pick on all of us. It's really a tight knit group. We are going to Webster to support the families and members of the West Webster Fire Department and Webster police Department."
Investigators are looking into whether plans by the sister of William Spengler to sell their family home triggered his attack on the firemen. Cheryl Spengler reportedly told a realtor that she and her brother lived together and did not get along, and police are trying to determine whether that led to the violence.
A Batavia man died over the weekend in a two vehicle crash in Alexander.
48-year-old Frank Demarco of State St., Batavia was killed when the pick-up truck he was driving went out of control on Route 20 near Browns Mill Rd.
Deputies say Demarco was eastbound when his pick-up crossed over the highway and into the path of a tractor trailer.
A passenger in Demarco’s pick-up, 32-year-old Brandon Eck of Rochester, was taken to Strong Memorial with a serious leg injury.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to UMMC for evaluation.
Deputies said slipper road conditions and improper speed for those conditions may have contributed to the accident.
Alcohol has been ruled out.
Deputies said Mr. Demarco was not wearing a seatbelt.
A U.S. Army soldier from Brockport who was killed in the line of duty this month in Afghanistan was laid to rest over the weekend. Army Staff Sergeant Nicholas Reid died at a military hospital in Germany on December 13th, several days after he was injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Reid graduated from Brockport High School in 2004, and was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he was attacked.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies used technology to come to the aid of a snowmobiler.
The unidentified driver of the sled became stranded in water and ice along a trail on Wilkinson Road in east Pembroke.
Deputies used a ping from the man’s cell phone to zero in on his location. He was checked out by medics on the scene and released.