Mourning the untimely passing of Webster Police Lieutenant Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the untimely passing and paying tribute
to the life and valiant service of West Webster Volunteer Firemen's
Association Firefighter and Webster Police Lieutenant Michael J. "Chip"
Chiapperini who died in the line of duty on December 24, 2012

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Citizens across our State and Nation are inspired by and
indebted to our noble firefighters and police officers who exhibit cour-
age and bravery every day in the course of their duties; 43-year-old
Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini was one such firefighter and police offi-
cer who died in service to others, doing what he loved; and
WHEREAS, On December 24, 2012, Michael Chiapperini responded to a
house and vehicle fire on Lake Road in Webster, New York; and
WHEREAS, Within seconds of arriving on the scene gun shots were fired
at the responding firefighters; Michael Chiapperini alerted his
colleagues and, as firefighters were being wounded, he moved through the
firetruck to the passenger side and then, on foot in the direction of
the gunman; tragically, as he advanced, Michael Chiapperini, a dedicated
firefighter, police officer and extraordinary human being, was mortally
wounded while attempting to protect others; and
WHEREAS, Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini, a West Webster Volunteer Fire-
men's Association volunteer for 25 years, was a past Chief of the
Department; and
WHEREAS, Moreover, Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini served as an advisor
for the West Webster Volunteer Firemen's Association's Firematics
Explorer Post and, in December of 2012, he was named Firefighter of the
Year; and
WHEREAS, Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini also served with distinction
for 19 years as a Police Officer with the Webster Police Department,
rising to the esteemed rank of Lieutenant; and
WHEREAS, Recently, Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini took vacation time
from his job at the police department to travel with a group of other
emergency responders to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy; and
WHEREAS, At the time of his death, Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini was
also the Webster Police Department's Public Information Officer; and
WHEREAS, Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini is survived by his wife,
Kimberly, and three beloved children, Nicholas, Kacie and Kylie; and
WHEREAS, The West Webster Volunteer Firemen's Association and Webster
Police Department families will always remember this outstanding man for
the hard work and dedication he showed the fire company and police
department, as well as the community, but most importantly, for his
quality of character; and
WHEREAS, Throughout his life, Firefighter and Police Lt. Michael J.
"Chip" Chiapperini touched many through his kindness and commitment to
service, and, as we recall the loss of this great man, we memorialize
his remarkable life and the enormous impact he had on everyone with whom
he came in contact; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to convey its grate-
ful appreciation and heartfelt regret in recognition of the loss of this
courageous firefighter and police officer who dedicated his purposeful
life and career in faithful service to his family and community; now,
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the untimely passing and pay tribute to the life and valiant

service of West Webster Volunteer Firemen's Association Firefighter and
Police Lieutenant Michael J. "Chip" Chiapperini, and to express its
deepest condolences to his family; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Firefighter and Police Lieutant Michael J.
"Chip" Chiapperini.


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