More ways to show your support

2 Jan

You could almost hear the collective groan yesterday morning as everyone dragged themselves out of bed and into the new year. That was especially true for students and teachers, who all enjoyed so much more than a long weekend.  Still, I sensed that more than a few people were ready to put a very distressing 2012 holiday season behind them and start looking forward again.

But this community is far from done thinking about and talking about the awful shootings on Christmas Eve.  Just today I found out about a few new opportunities for community members to show their support.

The first is a Walk for West Webster Firefighters, this Saturday January 5, sponsored by the Operation Patriot Foundation.  The walk will be held within the warm confines of the Mall at Greece Ridge. Registration for the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 9:15. A minimum donation of $5 per person is requested. The first 100 participants who donate $20 or more will receive a free event T-shirt. Children 12 and under are free.

Funds raised will be donated to the West Webster Volunteer Fireman’s Association. For more information, click here.

And I found this very interesting:  An online petition has been established urging the Obama administration to award the Medal of Freedom to the four firefighters who were ambushed in West Webster.

The petition reads:

On December 24th, 2012 four West Webster Firefighters responded to a call of a vehicle/house fire. As they arrived they were ambushed by a lone gunman. Lt. Mike Chiapperini and Firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka were killed on scene. Firefighters Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino both received life altering injuries which will require months of rehabilitation. These brave men were volunteers answered the call for assistance at 5:30 in the morning.

These brave men were ambushed by a coward. For their sacrifices, their willingness to help their fellow man they all should be honored with the Medal of Freedom.

If you would like to “sign” the petition, click here. You have to register on the petition’s website before it will record your signature, but that’s easy and quick.

I also got this press release from the Webster Community Chest, reminding us that they are still collecting donations through January 31:

The Webster Community Chest is continuing to accept monetary (only) donations for the families affected by the 12/24 tragedy on Lake Road. Checks may be written out to the Webster Community Chest and mailed to 1000 Ridge Road, Webster, NY 14580. On the memo line please write: 12/24. Credit Card donations are also being taken through our web site at Please indicate that your donation is for 12/24.

All donations earmarked for these families will be given to these families, in addition to Webster Community Chest needs based assistance. If you have any questions you may call the Webster Community Chest at (585)671-2060 or you may visit our website at


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