Rochester, N.Y. – One of the Firefighters injured in the Christmas Eve ambush will be returning to firehouse duty tomorrow morning. Rochester firefighter Joe Hofstetter returns to firehouse duty Tuesday morning at 7 am.
Firefighters Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were shot and died at the scene in the Christmas Eve ambush. Chiapperini was also a member of the Webster Police Department, and had been named a Webster firefighter of the year. Kaczowka was a member of the fire department and a 911 dispatcher who had been with the department for a little more than a year. He previously was part of the explorer program.
The other two firefighters that were shot are Theodore Scardino and Hofstetter. They were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. Doctors at Strong Hospital said Scardino was shot twice, once in the shoulder and once in the knee. Hofsetter was shot in the pelvis.
A fifth individual, off-duty Greece police officer John Ritter, was injured by shrapnel. He was driving to work and passed the scene when rounds were fired into his car.