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New York Firefighters Shot, Killed Responding to Fire

By KBJR News 1

New York Firefighters Shot, Killed Responding to Fire

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM CDT

Webster, NY (NNCNOW.com) - Police have identified the two firefighters killed by a gunman in Western New York as they responded to a house fire.

One of the two was Michael Chiapperini, a 43-year-old "lifetime firefighter" who was also a police lieutenant and public information officer for the Webster Police Department.

The other was Tomasz Kaczowka, who also worked as a 911 dispatcher.

Two other firefighters were injured by gunman William Spengler. They are expected to recover.

Police suspect that Spengler may have set the fires in order to lay a trap for first responders.