Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Paying Respect to Webster Firefighters
Written By: Joe Melillo
The morning of Christmas Eve, two Webster New York firefighters were killed after a gunman set a block of homes ablaze, then opened fire on first responders as they arrived on scene.
Chemung County (WENY) - The morning of Christmas Eve, two Webster New York firefighters were killed after a gunman set a block of homes ablaze, then opened fire on first responders as they arrived on scene. Now firefighters from the Southern Tier are visiting the shaken town of webster to pay their respects to the two men killed that day.
As you can imagine it's a horrific story, and for fire fighters everywhere it was a nightmare come to life. When one fire crew is affected by a tragedy, other crews, near and far, are there for support. So far firefighters from nine crews in Chemung county including Baldwin, Big Flats, Elmira City, Horseheads, Millport, Pine City and others are sending people to Webster tomorrow. They're heading north for the wakes and funeral services to honor their fallen brothers.
The Monroe County Fire Coordinator asked that fire departments band together with their county. Chemung County Emergency Management Director Mike Smith says it's important to show solidarity especially after such a tragic event
“It's just to be there and show the other firefighters in West Webster that we stand with them, it is a big fraternity a big family and its more just to show them we share their suffering and we know what they're going through,” says Smith.
The group is leaving tomorrow morning from the Village of Horseheads Fire Department.