Tomasz Marian Kaczowka

Tomasz Marian Kaczowka

Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 24 Dec 2012 (aged 19)
Webster, Monroe County, New York, USA
Burial Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 102533215 View Source
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age: 19 yrs 7 mos 8 days

A gunman set a trap and shot and killed two firefighters responding to an early morning blaze in Webster, N.Y., police officials said. Two other firefighters were in serious condition.

Firefighters Mike Chiapperini, also a lieutenant and public information officer with the local police department and Tomasz Kaczowka, were killed in the incident.


Webster: Tomasz Marian Kaczowka, at the age of 19, passed away in the line of duty with his mentor and close friend, Lt. Michael "Chip" Chiapperini on December 24, 2012.

Tomasz was born May 16, 1993 in Rochester, NY to Janina and Marian Kaczowka. He attended Webster Thomas High School, graduating in 2011.

After high school, Tomasz committed his life to Civil Service through several avenues. Whether it was through working the overnight shift as an emergency dispatch operator for the City of Rochester, or waking up 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.

He is survived by his mother and father, Janina and Marian; along with his older twin brothers, Dariusz and Greg; grandparents, Mieczyslaw and Stanislawa Lysik; aunts, Alicia (Wladek) Wojtowicz and Teresa Lysik; uncle, Stefan (Jolanta) Lysik; and loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Poland.

The public may call 6-9 PM Friday, 12-3 & 6-9 PM Saturday at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road, Webster. Tomasz's Funeral Mass will be held on Monday at St. Stanislaus Church (Hudson Ave. at Norton St., Rochester) at 10 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to West Webster Fire Dept. or St. Stanislaus Church in Tomasz's memory.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle
from December 26 to December 27, 2012