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Church Honors Fallen Webster Firefighter With Stain Glass Window

A city church is honoring a firefighter killed last year in the Webster tragedy with a new stain glass window.
A city church is honoring a firefighter killed last year in the Webster tragedy with a new stain glass window. 

Tomasz Kaczowka grew up in St. Stanislaus Church. His church family made its mission to find a permanent way to remember one of its own. Kaczowka may be gone, but not forgotten. The firefighter left a permanent footprint on his church.

"He received all his sacraments here at St. Stanislaus; was baptized here, received his first communion, was confirmed as a member of our parish and served many years as an altar server," Parish Council Vice President Andrew Smagin said.

On Sunday the church will dedicate a window featuring St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. 

"We have many stain glass windows, which is a traditional way of memorializing people that we love. So we decided to have a stain glass window made in his honor," Smagin said.

It is a stain glass window, but not in a traditional sense.

"All of our spaces for actual windows have been filled, so we are going to put it in a wooden frame with a back lighting so it has the illusion of sunlight coming through it so that it lights up the window from behind," he said.

It may be a blank wall right now, but every detail has been decided on.

"In our depiction of St. Florian, instead of being assisted by an angel he is being assisted by a figure that is depicted to look like Tomasz Kaczowka, who is actually dressed in firemen's gear and using his hose to dose the burning buildings," Smagin said.

The dedication will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m. Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark will bless the window then. 


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