The story of the firefighters killed in Webster, New York is absolutely heartbreaking no matter how you look at it. But the news that volunteer firefighter Michael Chiapperini’s 19-year-old son, Nick — also a volunteer fireman — was working as a 911 ambulance dispatcher and heard all the calls coming in about his dad is just about sickening.
Chiapperini died after gunman William Spengler, a 62-year-old ex-con, opened fire on four firemen in what appears to be a planned ambush. Four volunteer firefighters were shot at the scene and two of them, including Chiapperini have died.
Firefighters are true heroes. They put their lives on the line so that the people can be safe. They save lives. If there is a job that is more heroic, I can't think of it. And this is how they are repaid? It is just too awful to even contemplate.