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Webster Officer Honored By New York State

Webster Officer Mark Reed is honored as the New York State Police Officer of the Year
Eight months after a gunman opened fire on first responders in West Webster,  the state is recognizing one of the heroes to emerge from that tragedy.
Webster Officer Mark Reed was honored as the New York State Police Officer of the year.
"I struggle accepting an award like this because I lost two friends that day and two others were shot," said Officer Mark Reed, Webster Police.
Dozens of officers and first responders from the Rochester region and across the New York state came to honor reed.
The Webster Police Department nominated him for the accolade.
On December 24, 2012, Officer Reed arrived at the fire in West Webster and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, William Spengler.
Firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka and Mike Chiapperini died.
Ted Scardino and Joe Hofstetter survived the shooting. Both men attended Thursday's ceremony.
It's those actions which Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy and the Webster Police Chief said saved lives.
Reed said a day doesn't go by that he doesn't think about what happened in December.
“I know God had a plan for me that day and that's why I was there,”  said Reed.
Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, a former Rochester Police Chief, said Reed showed valor.
"His actions by what he did, by communicating, to responding officers and by engaging that suspect, bought precious time, created a sense of safety for those  responding and that is why he is being honored today," said Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, (D) New York.
Reed is married and has a three-month old daughter.
He is the first Monroe County officer to receive the honor.
19 members of the Monroe County SWAT team were also recognized for their efforts.
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