Michael John Chiapperini

Firefighters Chiapperini and Kaczowka responded along with other firefighters to the report of a fire. An individual had intentionally set a vehicle on fire and the fire had spread to a house. As firefighters arrived on the scene, they were fired upon by the occupant of the home. Firefighter Chiapperini arrived on the first-due engine and Firefighter Kaczowka arrived in an ambulance. Both firefighters were struck and mortally wounded. Two other firefighters and a police officer were also wounded in the shooting. Incident Location: 191 Lake Road, Webster, NY (USNG: 18T TN 9493 9022)

Department Information

West Webster Fire District
1051 Gravel RD
USNG: 18T TN 9710 8648
Webster, New York 14580-1743

Chief: James Deisenroth

Michael John Chiapperini was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 43 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Dec 24, 2012 05:36
Date of death: Dec 24, 2012 
Cause of death: Struck By 
Nature of death: Violence 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: Street/Road