For families of at least two firefighters in upstate New York, Christmas 2012 took a dark, ugly turn this morning.
WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — The police chief in Webster, N.Y., says that four firefighters were shot while responding to a blaze in the town near Rochester and that two are dead.
Chief Gerald Pickering says “one or more shooters” fired at the firefighters Monday morning. Officials say they had arrived at the scene of the blaze near the Lake Ontario shore around 6 a.m.
It’s not the kind of story that you want to be posting on Christmas Eve. But this is the reality in which we live, and which — we are told by some — we are helpless to improve upon.
I do not accept that.
– Jay Bookman