- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The Rochester-area fire department that lost two members in a Christmas Eve ambush has received a $305,000 federal grant to help it respond to emergencies.

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter said Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will help the West Webster Fire Department buy portable radios and mobile repeater radio equipment.

Two of the company’s volunteer firefighters were killed in a 2012 sniper attack while responding to a smoky blaze on the south shore of Lake Ontario. The shooter killed himself.

Slaughter said the grant will help a fire department that faced an unimaginable tragedy be more prepared during emergencies.

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