Thursday, December 27, 2012

Support For Fallen West Webster Firefighters

By now I'm sure you've heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in my hometown of Webster, NY on Christmas eve morning.  Two volunteer firefighters, 19-year-old Tomasz Kaczowk and 43-year-old Mike Chiapperini were shot and killed and two others, Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter were seriously wounded, all when responding to what they thought was a routine house/car fire.   An off duty police officer John Ritter, just passing by, heading to work in a neighboring town, sustained minor injuries and is credited with keeping others from entering the area, possibly saving many more lives. 

Rather than focus on the events of that terrible day, I would like to focus on the amazing outpouring of support I've seen from the community and from everyone all across the nation and even from across the globe!  I also wanted to provide ways that you can help out. 

Main Facebook Page:

There you will currently find a pay it forward type event going on where they are encouraging individuals and businesses alike to pay for rooms for firefighters coming into town to attend funeral events scheduled for tomorrow and this coming weekend.

Most of the hotels in the area are providing highly discounted bereavement rates to help out as well.

Here are the details:  "If you wish to donate a room(s) for visiting fire departments or participate in our corporate challenge simply contact a local Webster/Rochester hotel, make all necessary arrangements and we will recognize your gift on our page."

Bereavement Rates for Webster/Rochester area hotels:
Hampton Inn Webster: $76
Holiday Inn Express: $ 79
Fairfield Inn: $89
Hampton Inn Greece: $79
Rochester Plaza: $69
Quality Inn Airport: $64
Towpath Hotel: $60/$65
Hyatt Regency: $92
Doubletree Hilton Henrietta: $85
RIT Inn & Conference Center: $60
Radisson Airport: $60
Hampton Inn Irondequoit: $75
Homewood Suites Greece: $96
Doubletree Strathallan: $119
Radisson Riverside: $60
Holiday Inn Express Irondequoit: $68
Homewood Suites Henrietta: $79
Comfort Inn Suites Henrietta: $69
Best Western Marketplace Inn: $59
Woodcliff Hotel & Spa: $108
Fairfied Inn by Marriott East (Webster) - $79
Fairfied Inn by Marriott South (Henrietta) - $79
Fairfied Inn by Marriott Rochester Airport - $79
The Rochester Marriott Airport Hotel - $89
Courtyard by Marriott Rochester West - $79
Residence Inn by Marriott Rochester West- $89
Courtyard by Marriott Penfield - $79
Courtyard by Marriott Brighton - $79
The Renaissance Del Monte Lodge Hotel & Spa - $129

It is great to see that the number of rooms donated by businesses and individuals is really picking up the pace this morning!  That includes a two room donation from our friends and former WNers that own Ann O'Malley's pub in St Augustine. 

Mike Chiapperini Memorial Fund

Additionally, a memorial fund to benefit Officer Chiapperini's surviving children has been established at his family's request at ESL Federal Credit Union.  Individuals (whether ESL members or non-members) who wish to contribute to this fund may do so by cash or check. Checks must be payable to "Chiapperini Memorial Fund." Deposits can be accepted at all ESL locations, or may be mailed to:

Michael Chiapperini Memorial Fund
ESL Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 92714
Rochester, NY 14692-8814

I asked them if you could transfer funds directly into the memorial account, but they said no.  So the best way is to send in a check. 

IndieGoGo Donation Page
You can also make an online donation on this page as well.   

Webster Community Chest Support For Fire Victims That Lost Their Homes
Webster Community Chest donation page 

Other ways to help
If you happen to be in town and wanted to help in person, I've seen several offers from individuals and local businesses offering to provide food/support during any of the various events scheduled around town as well as new ways to assist popping up on that Facebook page by the minute. 

Giving Pledge
Thanks for stopping by and thanks ahead of time for your generosity!  As a way to encourage giving, I pledge to give at least $100 to the Michael Chiapperini Memorial fund.  I will also match, up to an additional $100, for anyone that makes a donation to the fund or any of the other causes under way.

Just either drop me a comment or send an email to chris "@" and I will up my contribution amount!  I would also love to see others pay it forward and encourage giving and matching contributions of $ or time as well.  Let's show the world that there is a whole lot more good than bad out there! 

12/28 Update:  As of this morning, thanks to the generosity of everyone that accepted the donation challenge yesterday, individual checks totaling over $400 are on the way to the Michael Chiapperini Memorial Fund.  Thank you so much and please, continue to pay it forward to support the fallen firefighters or whatever cause is near and dear to your heart as well! 


Jen said...

Sending in a check for $50 today! Any updates on your match and others contributing?

Chris said...

Yep, so far I've had 2 private messages and now yours and those 3 donations exceeded my full matching goal! Let's not stop there, let's keep it going and try and encourage others to continue to help as well! Thanks to everyone and let's continue to pay it forward in whatever fun ways you desire as well! This is giving me ideas for 2013 goals as well.

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