Across the County, Preparing For Large Outpouring of Support
With thousands expected to attend the funerals for Webster's fallen firefighters, local officials are strategizing how to balance reverence, with practicality.
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"We just know that it will be a big turnout," said Ron Nesbitt, Webster Town Supervisor.
Nesbitt is preparing.
"The community as a whole, we have 42,000 people. I would expect that they'll all show up."
Perhaps "all" might not come to Webster Schroeder High School for Lieutenant Mike Chiapperini's funeral Sunday, but with thousands of firefighters coming from out-of-town alone, satellite parking is being set-up at a number of other locations.
"We are resilient, and we will bounce back. But we will never forget these two young men."
In Rochester, funeral parking will be at a premium on Monday when Tomasz Kazczowka is laid to rest.
The Diocese of Rochester is expecting well over 5,000 mourners at St. Stanislaus Church for the funeral of Tomasz Kaczowka. The church only holds 900, so the overflow crowd will line up down the sidewalk in their show of respect.
Both funerals have been announced far and wide, which raises the possibility of irreverent protesters. But there's a law for that.
"We view it as a protection for families," said Maggie Brooks, (R), Monroe County Executive.
Brooks signed the law last year.
"You know, any time a family loses a loved one, it's a very emotional and very difficult time — a challenging time. The very least we be able to offer them is the ability to have that funeral," Brooks said, "independently, without interference."
Protesters will not be allowed on either property and must stay 1,000 feet away. They can only protest in the hour before or after the services.