Greece Police Officer John Ritter, a former Ontario County Sheriff's deputy, was injured in the Dec. 24 ambush in Webster.
An online petition has started in hopes of granting the Medal of Freedom to a Greece Police officer credited with saving lives in the Dec. 24 ambush in Wenster.
John Ritter, who was on his way to work around 5:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve, was injured by shrapnel from alleged gunman William Spengler Jr., who police say set a fire on his Lake Road property and shot at the first responders who showed up. Ritter happened to be driving by the scene when his vehicle was struck.
Webster Police Lt. Mike Chiapperini, a volunteer with the West Webster Fire Department, along with firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka, were killed on scene. Firefighters Joseph Hofsetter and Ted Scardino remain hospitalized with their injuries. Petitions have also begun in all four men's names.
Those who sign the petition must first make an account. To do so, visit https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/award-medal-freedom-officer-jon-ritter-greece-police-department-saving-multiple-lives-webster/1W3fTbhH?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl