Firefighter shot during Webster ambush returns to work
Rochester (WSYR-TV/WROC-TV) – A firefighter who was shot while responding to a fire in Webster during an incident that took the lives of two other firefighters returned to work on Tuesday.
A city of Rochester firefighter by profession, Joseph Hofstetter was one of four West Webster Fire Department volunteers shot on Christmas Eve.
They were responding to a house fire on Lake Road in the western suburb when the ambush occurred.
Firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka and Webster Police Lieutenant Mike Chiapperini were shot and killed in the attack.
Hofstetter was shot in the pelvis. Firefighter Ted Scardino was also injured.
The gunman – William Spengler – took his own life during the incident. Spengler had been convicted of manslaughter after killing his grandmother in the 1980s.
On Tuesday morning, Hofstetter rejoined his fellow firefighters at the Hudson Avenue firehouse. His family and friends greeted him at the station and wished him a good first day back at work.
His normal station, on North Clinton Avenue in Rochester, is temporarily closed for repairs.
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