Two volunteer firefighters killed in the Christmas Eve ambush outside Rochester were among the nine names added Tuesday to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy joined other officials and firefighters from across the state at a ceremony at the Firefighters Memorial at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany. Bagpipers, a color guard and the playing of taps were part of the event attended by colleagues, friends and relatives of Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka.
The two Rochester-area firefighters were killed and two other members of the West Webster Fire Department were wounded when a gunman opened fire on them after setting his home ablaze Dec. 24.
“I have seen firsthand through the horrifying tragedy in Webster last year the devastating effect that losing public safety officers has on a community,” said Duffy, a former Rochester police chief. “We as New Yorkers forever honor these firefighters, their families, and those that currently serve, and thank them immeasurably for their service.”
The other firefighters whose names were added to the memorial, with their fire department and date of death:
— Ronald J. Keddie, Sheridan Fire Department, Chautauqua County, June 27, 2012.
— Lt. Richard A. Nappi, Fire Department of New York, Brooklyn, April 16, 2012.
— Gerard Marcheterre, Borodino Fire Department, Onondaga County, March 6, 2010.
— Harry L. Davidson, Winona Lake Fire Department, Orange County, April 30, 1995.
— George W. Dove, Skaneateles Fire Department, Onondaga County, July 12, 1965.
— Lt. Isaac L. Ransom, East Clinton Fire Department, Dutchess County, Feb. 13, 1946.
— James P. Wickham, Cutchogue Fire Department, Suffolk County, April 5, 1930.
The memorial was established in 1998 to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty. With Tuesday’s additions, the names of 2,381 firefighters adorn the memorial, with the earliest name dating back to 1811.
Chiapperini, Kaczowka, Keddie, Nappi and volunteer firefighter Timothy Lamere of Constable in Franklin County were added Sunday to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md.