Webster, N.Y. - The West Webster Fire Department released a statement late Monday night thanking the community for its support.
Monday morning firefighters Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were fatally shot while responding to a fire on Lake Road in Webster. That fire is now believed to have been a trap.
Firefighters Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter are in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. Both have serious injuries, but are expected to eventually recover.
The West Webster Fire Department posted the following statement:
"The horrific events this Christmas Eve has taxed the members of the West Webster Fire Department and entire Monroe County fire service community. It is events like this that bring us closer together as a fire service community, dedicated to the preservation of life and property. As our department begins the healing process, we ask for the community’s indulgence and prayers. Your expressions of love, concern and well-being for the family members of our deceased brothers is gratefully acknowledged. As we move forward in the coming days, we look to the community for strength and guidance to carry on our mission."