Our Honorees

This section is dedicated to the Heroes and their families that we have honored and remembered during our Annual Heroes Run events.



Army Spc. Jason M. Johnston

Army Spc. Jason M. Johnston

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.

West Webster Firefighter Michael Chiapperini

West Webster Firefighter Michael Chiapperini

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.

West Webster Firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka

West Webster Firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka

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.

Cpt Bruce Kevin Clark

Cpt Bruce Kevin Clark

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.

RPD Officer Daryl Pierson

2015 - RPD Officer Daryl Pierson

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.

SSG Nicholas J. Reid

SSG Nicholas J. Reid

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.

NYS Trooper Andrew J. Speer

NYS Trooper Andrew J. Speer

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.

SGT Shaina B. Schmigel

SGT Shaina B. Schmigel

Died: May 30, 2014 82nd Airborn Paratrooper; Age 21 Training exercise at Fort Bragg, NC. SGT Schmigel was from Batavia, NY.

Army SPC Jason D. Hasenauer

Army SPC Jason D. Hasenauer

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.

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