WWFD and Webster Police react to Dawn Nguyen verdict

Updated: 04/15/2014 11:53 PM
Created: 04/15/2014 11:31 PM WHEC.com

It was more than a year ago, but the Christmas Eve Tragedy is still fresh on the minds of so many. Especially those who were at the scene along with the two firefighters killed and two others injured.

New10NBC spoke with a couple of West Webster firefighters about that verdict. They say they're relieved and that it's been a long and painful 16 months for all of them. They really want the community to know - their healing process is far from over.

West Webster Firefighter Tom Link responded to the 2012 Christmas Eve fire call that turned out to be an ambush.  

"It's kind of a bitter sweet ending to a tragic event," says Link.

Link says he's pleased with the guilty verdict in the trial of Dawn Nguyen, but says there are no winners in this case.

Link says, "It's been a somber mood. I mean no body in the department is running around going 'wahoo this is a wonderful thing."  It's not a wonderful thing, It's a tragedy to every family involved."

West Webster Fire Chief Jim Diesenroth says the trial has been extremely difficult on everyone in the department.

Chief Deisenroth says, "It added to the stress we were already going through since the day it happened. It's something we are relieved it's going to be taken to the next steps forward which will be the sentencing on May 19th."

Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering says Tuesday's guilty verdict does not make the community whole again. However, he says he's pleased that justice has been served.

Chief Pickering says, "I don't think its closure I think it helps bring accountability for certainly for the victims, the families and the public. The public certainly wanted to see some accountability and that's what it does, it helps to bring accountability."

I went to Dawn Nguyen's house just a few hours ago, her family said they didn't want to talk. We also went to Tomasz Kaczowka's house and his family didn't want to talk either.

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