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A local hero received statewide recognition Thursday. Webster Police Officer Mark Reed was presented the New York State Police Officer of the Year award.
Former Rochester Police Chief and current Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy came to Webster to make the presentation at the Webster Recreation Center.
Reed is credited with preventing further bloodshed at the Christmas Eve ambush in West Webster. Reed returned fire at gunman William Spengler, preventing him from shooting other potential victims.
Last December, firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were responding to the report of a fire on Lake Road when they were fatally wounded.
"I struggle accepting an award like this. I lost two friends that day and two others were shot. Not a day goes by I don't think about December 24, 2012. I'm fortunate to be here. I know God had a plan for me that day and that's why I was there," Reed said.
Reed says he is humbled and honored to receive this award, and he's thankful that he survived and was able to see the birth of his first child.