This section is dedicated to the Heroes and their families that we have honored and remembered during our Annual Heroes Run events.
Died: December 26, 2009; Age 24, Arghandab, Afghanistan of wounds from improvised explosive device. He served in the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. He was from Albion NY.
Died: December 24, 2012. Michael Chipperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were shot and killed in an ambush sniper attack in West Webster, NY while on call for a fire. Michael Chiapperini was 43 years old. He also served with distinction for 19 years as a Police Officer with the Webster Police Department.
Died: December 24, 2012. Michael Chipperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were shot and killed in an ambush sniper attack in West Webster, NY while on call for a fire. Tomasz Kaczowka was 19 years old.
Died: May 1, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Cpt Clark, age 43, was from Spencerport, N.Y.; assigned to A Company, Troop Command, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas.
Died: Sept. 3, 2014 Rochester Police Officer, age 32, died after being shot in Rochester, NY. The shooting happened after the police officer exchanged fire with a suspect and was fatally wounded.
Died: December 13, 2012 from wounds suffered in Sperwan Village, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. SSG Reid was 26, of Rochester, N.Y.; assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Died: March 1, 2006 in the town of Big Flats where Trooper Andrew Sperr was shot and killed while stopping a vehicle containing suspects who had just robbed a bank.
Died: May 30, 2014 82nd Airborn Paratrooper; Age 21 Training exercise at Fort Bragg, NC. SGT Schmigel was from Batavia, NY.
Died: December 28, 2005. He served During Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Pfc. Hasenauer was sitting in a machine-gun turret when his Humvee was forced off the road and overturned in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He died of head injuries. A 2003 graduate of Hilton High School, Jason Hasenauer was a member of the Hilton Fire Department and had been employed at JC Penney when he joined the Army. He wanted to do more-wanted to serve and felt it was the right thing to do. Pfc. Jason D. Hasenauer was a father for just four weeks.
Jason Hasenauer was awarded the rank of SPC posthumously.
Died: April 24, 2004. While serving aboard the USS Firebolt in the Iraqi Sea. A suspicious dhow was spotted nearby, and Firebolt deployed a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) manned by six Sailors and a U.S. Coast Guardsman to investigate the vessel. The dhow exploded killing BM1 Michael J Pernaselli and 2 others. Pernaselli grew up in Brighton, N.Y., and joined the military after high school. He had previously toured the Persian Gulf and Kosovo and, in January, was sent back to the Gulf to serve on the USS Firebolt. He once excelled at splatball and was a devoted pro wrestling fan:"That was kind of like his release," his father said with a laugh. Pernaselli 27 years old, who was divorced, had custody of his daughters, ages 3 and 4, who are living with their grandparents. When he called home a few days before his death, "he just wanted to talk to his two girls and see how they''re doing," his father said.
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