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Funerals set for two slain western New York firefighters

Michael Chiapperini (left) and Tomasz Kaczowka AP Photo/West Webster Fire Department

Michael Chiapperini (left) and Tomasz Kaczowka
AP Photo/West Webster Fire Department

(CBS/AP) WEBSTER, N.Y. - Funeral services are expected this weekend for two New York volunteer firefighters who were fatally shot Monday as they arrived at a house fire set by the ex-convict who killed them.

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Calling hours for Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka will be held at Webster Schroeder High School from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The funeral service for Chiapperini, who was also a lieutenant with the Webster Police Department, will be held at the high school at noon Sunday. He will be buried in West Webster Cemetery.

The funeral Mass for Kaczowka will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Stanislaus Church in Rochester. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester.

Police said 62-year-old William Spengler, who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter, set his house on fire before dawn on Monday, then took a a revolver, a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle and sprayed bullets at the first responders. He then killed himself as seven houses burned on a sliver of land along Lake Ontario.

Complete coverage of the Webster firefighter shooting on Crimesider

  • Crimesider Staff

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