From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Two slain West Webster firefighters were among 81 firefighters, who died in the line, recognized during Sunday's National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
Michael J. Chip Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, who were ambushed while responding to a call on Christmas Eve, were honored, along with 73 other firefighters who died in 2012, and eight others who died in previous years.
Sheridan firefighter Ronald Keddie will also be honored. Keddie died after he suffered a heart attack while responding to a car accident in June 2012.
Bronze plaques with their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland. The tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration.
"Firefighters possess an extraordinary blend of courage and compassion which allows them to willingly face tremendous risks to help those in need," Dennis Compton, chairman of National Fallen Firefighters, said in a statement. "Each October, we gather to reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the line of duty and to let their families, friends and co-workers know they will never be forgotten."
About 117 West Webster firefighters and their families have spent months planning a trip to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md., for a ceremony.
But there was some concern whether the service at the National Emergency Training Center would happen in light of the federal government shutdown. The federal facility was forced to close because of the shutdown.
Instead, ceremonies were moved to nearby Mount St. Mary's Uiversity. More than 5,000 people were expected to attend Sunday's service. There was also a candlelight service on Saturday.
Each firefighter also has a memorial page. For more, visit Tomasz Kaczowka, Michael J. Chip Chiapperini and Ronald Keddie.