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Thousands attend funeral for Webster, N.Y., firefighter Thomasz Kadzowka

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WEBSTER, N.Y. -- Tomasz Kaczowka will be laid to rest Monday in a ceremony that is expected to attract thousands.

Kaczowka, 19, was one of two killed in the Christmas Eve shootings in Webster, when a gunman set his house ablaze and fired on responding firefighters.

Services will be held at St. Stanislaus Church at 10 a.m. Seating is limited to family, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

» Roads will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until the church clears.
» Hudson Avenue will be closed from Sobieski Street to Shady Lane Drive.
» Norton Street will be closed from Wakefield Street to Kilmar Street.
» Side streets in the immediate area will also be blocked off.
» The procession from the church to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will go from Norton Street to Route 104 through Maplewood Park and onto Lake Avenue.

Parking is limited, so attendees are directed to park at the Medley Centre in Irondequoit. Shuttles will take people to the service starting at 8 a.m.

Thousands from across the country turned out Sunday for Mike Chiapperini's funeral. Chiapperini was also killed that day.

Kaczowka, the youngest firefighter in the department and close friend of Chiapperini, was on duty that morning to help relieve older members of the West Webster Fire Department, so those with families could have the holiday off.

He had been a firefighter for just under a year, after spending three years in the department's Explorer program for adolescents interested in the program. He also worked as a 911 dispatcher.

His obituary described him: "Whether it was through working the overnight shift as an emergency dispatch operator for the City of Rochester, or waking up at all hours of the night to attend various emergencies, this selfless young man devoted every spare ounce of his effort and courage to help those who needed it, right to the end. Everyone's 'little brother' died doing what he loved."

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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