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Cop at scene of Webster shootings being honored

WEBSTER — The suburban Rochester police officer who exchanged gunfire with the man who killed two volunteer firefighters and wounded two others last December is being honored for his actions.

Local media outlets report that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will present Webster Police Officer Mark Reed with the 2012 New York State Police Officer of the Year Award during a ceremony being held late Thursday afternoon in the town of Webster.

Authorities say Reed shot at William Spengler after Spengler ambushed Webster volunteer firefighters who arrived at the scene of a blaze he had started in his own lakeside home early on the morning of Christmas Eve. Soon after the shootout, Spengler committed suicide.

The recipient of the Officer of the Year Award is determined by a committee of New York law enforcement officials.