Monday, December 31, 2012

Chris Yung - Law Enforcement - Virginia

Officer Chris Yung, age 35, died on December 31, 2012, in Bristow, Virginia.

He was a member of the Prince William County Police Department. He had 7 years of service. 

Chris was a member of the Traffic Unit.

Chris was responding to an automobile accident. He was riding his motorcycle. 

A minivan made a left hand turn from northbound Nokesville Road into a shopping center and crossed in front of the officer's motorcycle, causing a collision. 

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray
for Chris
Officer Yung was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Chris is survived by many loving friends and relatives. 

Thank you for serving, Chris.

Pray for those who die in the line of duty. 

Pray for those who die young and suddenly. 

Let us pray that Chris Yung is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

7 South African men died from applying for a Police Job

Applying for a police job in South Africa
Employment in South Africa is so lousy that 34,000 South Africans recently applied for 90 trainee traffic cop positions. 15,000 men took part in a fitness test for these positions. 

These positions were with the KwaZulu-Natal traffic department. The tests were held at a stadium in Pietermaritzburg on December 27 and 28, 2012.

It is Summer in South Africa - the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere. 


The persons in charge of the recruitment process ordered a 2.5 mile run in half an hour in searing temperatures to see who could take the stress and meet the force’s minimum fitness level requirement.

Six men collapsed and died from heat exhaustion and dehydration, while the seventh, who finished the race, allegedly committed suicide after learning he had not run fast enough.

Participants in the tests said that they had limited or no access to food or water. 

Therefore 7 men died over a job that they didn't even have. 

Scanning for brain cells in
the South African
Government -
Scanner says: Unable to find!
The South African Government stated:  “As government we regret any injuries or loss of lives as a result of the fitness test we conducted over the past two days”.

No kidding, you assholes.  Who forces untested and unfit men off the street to endure physical tests of this nature in searing heat?  You should conduct these mass tests of thousands of men in the Fall or Winter in South Africa.  

God save us from our Governments. Amen 

God save us from those bureaucrats in government jobs who are paid to "think" but who don't have 3 brain cells in one skull.  Amen. 

Juan Escamillo-Rojas and his son swept out to sea

Juan Escamillo-Rojas, age 37, and his son Juan, age 9, both of San Francisco, died on December 28, 2012, in the waters of San Francisco Bay, California. 

The father and son loved fishing and were on a routine fishing trip. They were fishing from shore with a family friend. 

Suddenly a huge wave swept the child into the icy water. Juan, the father, screamed "My son! My son!” , and dove in shortly after 4:00 p.m.  He tried to pull his 9-year-old boy back to shore but they were pulled out farther and farther. 

The family friend still on shore, cast a line out to the man and boy, but the line snapped. Both the father and his son drowned.

Santa María, madre de Dios, ruega por
Juan y por su hijo
Juan and his son are survived by many loved ones, including Juan's wife, Guadalupe Monroy and their 10 year old daughter.  She is trying to raise funds to return the bodies of her husband and son to Mexico City for burial. 

Pray for those who die suddenly and by misadventure. Amen. 

Pray for the fathers who die for their sons. Amen. 

Let us pray that Juan Escamillo-Rojas and his son, Juan are holding each other's hands in heaven. Let us pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

Fawzi Abu-Hamdan - Store Clerk - murdered in Milwaukee

Fawzi Abu-Hamdan, age 53, died on December 28, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Fawzi was the owner of the Zara Food Store. He was known as "Fred" by his customers. 

An armed and masked man entered the store around 9:00 p.m. and tried to rob it. A struggle ensued and the suspect shot and killed Fawzi. The suspect fled in a dark colored SUV and has not been apprehended as of this posting. 

Fawzi was born in Lebanon and spent much of his youth in Jordan before emigrating to the U.S.A. 

Customers of Fawzi describe him as generous, compassionate and well-liked. He was popular in the district for giving kids free candy and chips, and accepting credit from customers when they couldn’t pay.

Father, place Fawzi on the
stairway to Heaven
Family members describe him as loving and a man who would do anything for his family.  

The family are raising funds to fly his body back to Lebanon for burial there.
Fawzi is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife and their four children - Sam, Zaina, Fayrouz and Zara. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life.  Amen.

Let us pray that Fawzi Abu-Hamdan is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Giorgi Kikadze

Republic of Georgia Soldier, Sgt. Giorgi Kikadze was found dead on December 29, 2012, in an empty compound south of the town of Musa Qala, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He had gone missing on December 18, 2012. 

There are currently no personal details about Giorgi to report on - no stated age, his tours of duty or his family members. 

This poor man had been beaten and stabbed before he was shot four times in the head. 

After he had gone missing, searches for him were conducted by Coalition troops. They were unsuccessful. 

God save us from barbarism.
The Taliban says that Giorgi Kikadze was captured after a firefight three weeks ago when he was left behind by fleeing comrades after the Taliban destroyed two Georgian vehicles. The Taliban says they had tried to negotiate a prisoner exchange and executed Kikadze when a prisoner exchange was refused. 

The killing comes two days after Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid was quoted in The New York Times as saying the Taliban does not summarily execute prisoners, which is a lie.

Thank you for serving, Giorgi. 

God save us from barbarism. Amen. 

Let us pray that Giorgi Kikadze is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Edrees Mukhtar - Law Enforcement - Texas

Police Officer Edrees Mukhtar, age 28, died on December 29, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas. 

He was a member of the San Antonio Police Department. He had 1 year and 7 months of service.

On December 10, 2012, he had responded to a call for service at 2:45 a.m. His patrol car slid after striking a wet spot in the 3700 block of Medical Drive, near I-10. The car struck a curb and then collided with an oncoming pickup truck. Officer Mukhtar was transported to University Hospital where he succumbed to injuries 3 weeks later. 
Angels of God, pray for Edrees

Edrees is survived by many loving friends and relatives. 

Thank you for serving, Edrees. 

Pray for those who die because of doing their jobs. 

Pray for those who linger and suffer. 

Let us pray that Edrees Mukhtar is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Markie Sims

Pfc. Markie T. Sims, age 20, of Citra, Florida, died on December 29, 2012, in Panjwal, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Markie Sims graduated from Marion Technical Institute in Ocala in June of 2011. 

He joined the military in November of 2011, trained at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and was assigned to his first duty station at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  This was his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon and NATO Medal.
Jesus, pray for Markie Sims

Markie is survived by many loving friends and relatives.

Thank you for serving, Markie.

Pray for the 20 year olds who die in War. Yesterday, they were just boys. 

Let us pray that Markie Sims is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Westboro Baptists - Shut them up - Sign a petition

The Westboro Baptist Church, a loud-mouthed Kansas based splinter group of out-of-scope Fundamentalists, are at it again, spewing hate like a fog when you spray for mosquitoes. 
Westboro sign for Gays

For years now, these freaks have had a media presence and an Internet presence. 
Westboro sign for Jews

Basically, these wing-nuts hate:  Gays, Jews, Muslims, Catholics, Mormons, and everyone in between. 

They have been known infamously for picketing the funerals of soldiers and police and firemen and others, praising God for the death of just about anyone who doesn't belong to their group. 
Westboro sign
for Muslims

Their recent statements in December of 2012, are these:

Regarding the deaths of two volunteer firefighters in New York State who were shot dead by a sniper - "They died for idolatrous worship-of-the-dead." Duh? What does this mean? 

Westboro sign for Catholics
Regarding the 26 people (including 20 children) unjustly killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings - They died because of "gay marriage". Duh?

Got an eccentric old Uncle living in your attic that's a pain in the butt?  Well...just contact the Westboro Baptist Church and they'll hate him for free. 

Now, more than a quarter million people want the President to label these jerks as a Hate Group and put a lid on these dirt-bags once and for all.

You can speak up and try to silence these freaks too.


Westboro sign for soldiers
Sign this on-line petition. 


Westboro sign for you
Speak up for justice, against hatred and ignorance. 

Don't leave it to others to wipe the world's ass of this shit.  You do it.

Rick Merlino - A Good Samaritan in Colorado who said - I got you

Kimberly's car 
Kimberly Garcia, age 22, had a car accident on December 27, 2012, in Windsor, Colorado. 

On her drive home from work, the car slid off the road, flipped over and fell into an icy pond. The back window shattered and the frigid water began filling the car.

The ice surrounding the car meant she couldn’t push the front doors open wide enough to escape. Panic began to set in. She went to the back and tried opening the back, but couldn't. She was losing strength and was giving up. She was able to climb through the broken back window but couldn't move further as she lay on the top of the ice. 

Rick Merlino was driving from from work when he saw the accident scene, went out into the pond and pulled Kimberly to the embankment. 

This is the Good Samaritan in the
Bible.  Modern day Samaritans are
those who come to the aid of
strangers who are in danger
and despair. 
During this incident, Kimberly was telling Rick Merlino - "I’m giving up." And he responded, "No, I got you."

"I got you" is the essence of being a Good Samaritan. It is what being a Good Samaritan is all about. 

Rick Merlino later stated that he really didn't do much. But of course he did. He put himself at risk to help a stranger in danger. Others would have stayed in their cars and wept and called 911 but would have done nothing else. 

Kimberly Garcia states that Rick Merlino saved her life and she will be forever grateful. She has a 4 year old child. 

God bless Rick Merlino. Amen

God knows that we need more men like him on this planet.

Emily Weikert - murdered in Colorado

Emily Weikert, age 25, died on December 28, 2012, in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.
Emily Weikert

Emily had been shot twice in the back and was found in the parking garage of her apartment building. 

Robert Lewis, age 51, a suspect in the case, barricaded himself in his apartment for 11 hours and then took his own life. 

Robert Lewis
Robert Lewis worked at a local bank (CoBank) for 20 years but was recently fired for harassing Emily Weikert at work. It is presumed that he shot Emily in retaliation for his firing. She is described as a beautiful and vibrant young woman. 

Emily was from West Des Moines, Iowa. She attended both West Des Moines’ Valley High School and Iowa State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in finance in 2009. She had also been a member of the Iowa State Symphony Orchestra. She moved from Iowa to Colorado to take a job as a credit analyst with CoBank.
Angels of God,
pray for Emily and for
her loved ones who have
lost her

Friends say they are in shock and disbelief over this tragedy. Emily is described as kind-hearted, out-going and friendly. 

Nick Willette, Emily's boyfriend, has stated that his heart has been ripped in half. He stated that Emily loved and missed her family and friends in Iowa.

Emily is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her parents and her boyfriend, Nick. 

God help us. God save us from the Obsessed Ones and the Stalkers. Their obsessions take us to death. Amen.

Let us pray that Emily Weikert is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Sunando Sen - pushed to his death in New York City

Sunando Sen, age 46, died on December 27, 2012, in a subway station in Queens, New York City. 

He was pushed onto a subway track at about 8:00 p.m. He was struck by a train and killed instantly. 

A heavyset Hispanic woman in her 20's was observed pacing and mumbling on the platform before taking a seat alone on a wooden bench. Then as the train approached the station, she suddenly shot forward, shoving Sunando onto the tracks and directly into the path of an oncoming train. 

A 31 year old woman has been taken into Police custody in connection with this murder. 

Father, place Sunando on
the stairway to Heaven
Sunando was born in India and settled in New York in the early 1990's. He was a college-educated graphic designer who recently opened his own printing business in Manhattan. He worked 7 days a week to make his business succeed despite a heart condition that often left him exhausted.

Friends describe him as a nice person, gentle and a hard worker. 

Sunando is survived by many loving friends and relatives in America and in India. 

God save us from the Insane Ones who wander the streets and kill strangers for no reason. Amen.

Let us pray that Sunando Sen is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Richard Helms - Good Samaritan - killed on a highway in Pennsylvania

Richard Helms, age 60, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died on a highway in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. 

He was driving back to Ohio from a Christmas visit to relatives in Massachusetts. 

Richard had pulled his vehicle off to the shoulder of Interstate 78 around 9:44 p.m. in a freezing rainstorm and walked onto a travel lane to check on a vehicle that had been disabled from a previous crash. An approaching vehicle began to spin out of control and crashed into Richard Helms, fatally injuring him. 

He died a short time later at a local hospital. 

Saint Francis of Assisi,
pray for Rick
He was known as Rick to his family and friends. Richard was a maintenance man at a Cincinnati housing complex. 

Family members state that Rick was friendly to strangers and was always helping others. The remodelling business he ran in Florida failed, so he moved to Cincinnati to find work. He often helped the homeless men who hung out around the apartment complex where he worked. 

Rick is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Pat Helms; his brother, Paul Helms; his daughter, Kira and his grandson, Ben (age 2). 

Pray for those who die while coming to the aid of others. Amen. 

Let us pray that Richard Helms is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Bryan Herrera - age 16 - shot on the street in Miami

Bryan Herrera, age 16, died on December 22, 2012, on a street in Miami, Florida. 

Bryan was riding his bike near on a street in Allapattah just after 11 a.m. when he was shot in the head. He was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center where he died. He was heading to a friend’s home to work on a school project.

Police have no idea at this time of what the motive for this killing could be. If you have any information on the shooting, please call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

Bryan was a student at Miami Jackson Senior High. 

Angels of God, pray for Bryan
He is described as a good kid who loved computer games and who was a straight-A student with no criminal history.

Friends describe him as a nice boy, polite, caring, respectful and loving. 

Family members are heart broken and want the killer(s) of Bryan brought to justice. 

Bryan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Ency Quintero; his father, William Herrera; brother, Alejandro Campos; sister, Katherine Herrera; step-mother, Anabel Herrera and others.

Pray for those who die young and tragically. 


God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life.  Amen.

Let us pray that Bryan Herrera is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Grant Wise

Pfc. Grant Wise, age 25, of Fairport, New York, died on December 25, 2012, in a barracks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Alaska.

He was an infantryman with the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). 

He was found deceased of a single gunshot wound in another soldier's barracks room. Grant's death is under investigation.

Grant was a 2006 graduate of Fairport High School and attended Michigan State University from 2006 to 2008 and Monroe Community College from 2008 to 2010.

Grant joined the Army in October of 2011, attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before being assigned to Alaska in September of 2012. He had previously served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. 
Father, place Grant on the
Stairway to Heaven

Grant is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents Philip and Ruth Wise; and his brothers - Justin and Drew.  

Thank you for serving, Grant. 

Pray for those who die young and tragically. Amen. 

Let us pray that Grant Wise is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

LaTasha Jones and daughter murdered in Houston

Jesus, pray for LaTasha and
Jakayla
LaTasha Jones, age 35, and her daughter, Jakayla Newhouse, age 13, were murdered on December 24, 2012, in a suburb of Houston, Texas.

The victims were found deceased from gunshot wounds in their townhome. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence. LaTasha and her boyfriend, Curtis James Adams, age 44, had a disturbance earlier in the day.

Curtis James Adams is the father of LaTasha's 7 year old son.  He was not the father of Jakayla.  

His relatives became concerned when he told them he had taken care of "unfinished business" and had "gotten rid of some things that had been troubling him."   His relatives reported that he was carrying a gun and was drunk.  Police have charged him with capital murder in connection with these deaths. 
Curtis James Adams

LaTasha and Jakayla's relatives are shocked and grieving. 

LaTasha had just finished nursing school and was currently working at Home Depot. 

LaTasha and Jakayla are survived by many loving friends and relatives. 

Pray for those who die young and violently.  

God save us from those who say they love us and then kill us. 

Let us pray that LaTasha Jones and Jakayla Newhouse are in heaven. Let us pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

Dylan Smith - hero of Hurricane Sandy - drowned

Dylan Smith, age 23, of Queens, New York, died on December 24, 2012, in the waters off Maria's Beach, Rincon, Puerto Rico.

He was on vacation and drowned while surfing.

Dylan worked as a lifeguard at Rockaway Beach, New York and was hailed as a hero for his rescues of stranded people during Hurricane Sandy.

Saint Christopher, pray
for Dylan
Dylan Smith and Michael McDonnell, age 51, were named as People magazine Heroes of 2012 for risking their lives. The men used Dylan's surfboard to float a half-dozen people, who were trapped on a porch by six feet of water, to safety.

Family members stated that if you were in need, Dylan was there to help. He was passionate about life.

Friends describe Dylan as humble, unselfish and popular. 

Dylan is survived by many loving admirers, friends and relatives, including his parents and a younger brother.

Pray for those who die young and tragically. 

Let us pray that Dylan Smith is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Enrique Mondragon

Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, age 23, of The Colony, Texas, died on December 24, 2012, in Baraki Barak, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on dismounted patrol.

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany.

His military comrades stated that they are in sorrow and heartbroken over Enrique's death.  He will never be forgotten. 

Enrique was known as "Dragon" to many of his military friends. 

Light a candle for Enrique.
Light his way to Heaven. 
Military officials said that Enrique was small in stature but had a huge impact on his platoon. They all knew that he deeply loved his wife and daughter.

Enrique is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Katie and their two year old daughter, Beverly.

Thank you for serving, Enrique.

Let us pray that Enrique Mondragon is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Ryan Freel - Baseball Player - passed away

Ryan Freel, age 36, died on December 22, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida. 
Ryan Freel

He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

He was a well-known baseball player. Ryan spent six of his eight big-league seasons with the Cincinatti Reds and finished his career in 2009 with a .268 average and 143 steals.  He had also played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals. 

Ryan's career was cut short because of a series of head and other injuries. He had shown no fear as he ran into walls, hurtled into the seats and crashed into other players trying to make catches. He had over 10 concussions of the head during his career. 

Friends describe Ryan as a great guy who loved his family. Others said he will never be forgotten. Still others said that he was introspective and passionate. 

Ryan drew attention in 2006 when he was quoted as saying he had an imaginary friend, Farney. "He's a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him. Everybody thinks I talk to myself, so I tell 'em I'm talking to Farney."

He was twice arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. It is reported that he also had Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. 

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes,
who said "I am ground like
a grain of wheat", pray for
Ryan who felt in the
end that he was also
ground down 
Ryan Freel had a lot of things going for him and a lot of things going against him. Attention Deficit Disorder is a serious issue in adults. It can screw up your life if left untreated.  It can leave you unfocused and wandering.  And then, enduring repeated concussions is like beating your brain against a brick wall over and over again. It does nothing for the clarity of your thinking. 

Ryan is survived by many loving friends and relatives and by many fans. 

Pray for those who suffer hidden torment. Amen. 

Let us pray that Ryan Freel is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Jimmie Norman - Law Enforcement - Texas - and Terry Taylor, an Innocent Bystander

Jimmie Norman
Officer Jimmie Norman, age 53, died on December 24, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

Jimmie was a member of the Bellaire Police Department. He had 23 years of service.

Before 9:00 a.m., Officer Norman stopped the driver of a black Honda for a traffic violation on a local street. The driver initially pulled over, but then sped away. The officer chased him. During the chase, the suspect clipped a white Ford F-150 pickup. The truck driver then followed the Honda, which pulled into the driveway of an auto body shop. The officer arrived seconds later.

The officer approached the Honda and a confrontation erupted between him and the driver. Within moments, the suspect pulled out a handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding the officer. The officer didn't get a chance to draw his weapon.

Terry Taylor, the manager of the auto body shop, was also shot and killed by the suspect, as Terry came out onto the parking lot. Terry had been working at this location for 26 years.

Other officers arrived at the scene, were fired upon and they returned fire. The suspect was shot, fled on foot but was arrested.

Friends describe Jimmie Norman as having a big heart, and a man who was always interested in police issues.  He was a cop through and through. 

Saint Michael, Patron
Saint of the Police,
pray for Jimmie

Jimmie is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife and his 2 adult children. 

Terry Taylor is survived by many loving friends and family members. 
Light a candle for Terry Taylor.
Light his way to Heaven.

Thank you for serving, Jimmie. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Pray for all who die innocently as bystanders. They die unjustly due to the evil actions of others. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. Amen. 

Let us pray that Jimmie Norman is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Let us pray that Terry Taylor is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Jennifer Sebena - Law Enforcement - Wisconsin

Jennifer
Officer Jennifer Sebena, age 30, died while on duty on December 24, 2012, in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jennifer was a member of the Wauwatosa Police Department. She had 2 years of service. 

Jennifer was working an overnight late shift. Dispatchers unsuccessfully tried to reach her for a call at about 3 a.m. Monday. Other officers started looking for her and found her dead with several gunshot wounds about 5 a.m. 
Ben Sebena

Ben Gabriel Sebena, age 30, Jennifer's husband, has been charged with her murder. She had been shot 5 times in the head.  He admitted to Police that he had stalked his wife for several days while she was patrolling the streets of the Milwaukee suburb where she was a police officer, then ambushed her in the early hours of Christmas Eve and killed her. 

Ben Sebena is a decorated veteran and had served in Iraq. 

Jennifer entered the Milwaukee Area Technical College police academy and joined the force in January of 2011. She began as a solo patrol officer with the Wauwatosa Police in July of 2012 and completed probation with the department in November of 2012. 

Comrades describe her as a great person and a great officer. 

Police officials state that they are grieved by Jennifer's death. 
Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Jennifer

Jennifer is survived by many loving friends and relatives. 

Thank you for serving, Jennifer.

God help us.  God save us from those who say they love us and then kill us. Amen. 

Let us pray that Jennifer Sebena is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Tomasz Kaczowka and Michael Chiapperini - Firefighters - New York State

Michael Chiapperini
Volunteer Firefighters Tomasz Kacwoka, age 19, and Michael Chiapperini, age 43, died on December 24, 2012, near Webster, New York.

Both men were volunteer members of the West Webster Fire Department.

They and two other firemen were responding to a blaze in a house and car that broke out just before 6:00 a.m. Two of the firefighters had arrived in a fire engine and two in their own vehicles.

As they approached the scene they were fired at. Four were shot, two fatally. Investigators believe the suspect had deliberately set a trap to lure them to the scene.


Tom Kaczowka
After the gunman fired, one of the wounded men managed to flee, but the other three couldn't because of flying gunfire. A police armored vehicle was used to recover two of the men, and eventually it evacuated 33 people from nearby homes. In total, 4 homes and 4 cars were engulfed in flames and 3 other homes were damaged.

The gunman, William Spengler, was a convicted felon and served 17 years in the New York State department of corrections for first degree manslaughter. He did not have a license to own a firearm. William Spengler was found dead at the scene of gunshot wounds. It is undetermined if he died of self-inflicted wounds or was shot in the cross-fire.

Volunteer firefighters Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino who were also shot, are expected to recover.

Mike Chiapperini was an officer with the Webster Police Department and had about 20 years of service. He is described as a lifetime volunteer firefighter.

Tomasz Kaczowka was a Monroe County 911 dispatcher and is described by local fire officials as a tremendous young man.

New York State officials describe Mike and Tomasz as true heroes.

Saint Florian, Patron
Saint of Firefighters,
pray for Mike and
Tom
Mike and Tomasz are survived by many loving friends and relatives.

Thank you for serving, Mike. Thank you for serving, Tom. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. Amen.

Let us pray that Michael Chiapperini is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Let us pray that Tomasz Kaczowka is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.