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Memorial Services Held for Firefighter Killed in Christmas Eve Ambush

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) -- Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon in upstate New York for one of the firefighters killed in an ambush on Christmas Eve.

Mourners gathered near Rochester to remember 43-year-old Lieutenant Mike Chiapperini, a volunteer firefighter in West Webster, New York, who was also a 20-year veteran of the Webster Police Department. Chiapperini was killed, along with colleague Tomasz Kaczowka, early Christmas Eve morning when an ex-convict started a fire and shot the men as they arrived to the scene before taking his own life.

Kaczowka's funeral is set for Monday.

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The Agony of Farewells Continues in Connecticut

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- There were more tears shed in Connecticut Wednesday as families and friends remembered the victims of last week’s shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Twenty first-grade boys and girls and six school staff members were slain on Dec. 14 when Adam Lanza, 20, went on a violent rampage, which ended only after he took his own life.  Earlier, Lanza shot his mother to death at the home they shared in Newtown.

One of the adults killed last Friday was teacher Victoria Leigh Soto, who has since received worldwide acclaim from her heroism when she shielded students with her own body, although some of the children did not survive the onslaught.

There was a police honor guard for Soto, 26, at the Lordship Community Church in Stratford, Conn., and singer Paul Simon appeared to sing an emotional rendition of his first major hit, "The Sound of Silence."

As the service in Stratford was being held, parents in Newtown were burying their children.

Among the tots who were laid to rest was 7-year-old Daniel Barden.  St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church was packed with mourners for his funeral.  Family members on hand included New York City firemen and dozens of their fellow firefighters.

Barden was remembered as "the light of his family’s life" who loved "riding waves at the beach, playing the drums...foosball, reading, and making s'mores around the bonfire."

Six-year-old Caroline Previdi was another of the innocents whose life was tragically cut short at Sandy Hook.  As her parents, relatives and friends grieved for her loss, someone acquainted with Previdi’s family remembered her as a "jokester" who loved the New York Yankees and was described as "just a happy girl."

Meanwhile, there was a wake Wednesday for Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung.  Witnesses say Hochsprung lost her life when she attempted to confront the shooter.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan was also at the wake to pay his respects to Hochsprung, a wife, mother and grandmother.  A relative said the 47-year-old educator "was very devoted to her family...and all her students.  She touched a lot of people."

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Sept. 11 Memorial Services Underway 

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Memorial services are well underway to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will join Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner and family members of Flight 93 at the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The memorial honors those killed on Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, southeast of Pittsburgh.

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City will host a service Saturday at 2:00 p.m. honoring the 343 New York firemen who lost their lives at the World Trade Center. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in attendance.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join other New Jersey natives in commemorating  the 10th anniversary in the dedication of the Empty Sky Memorial which displays the names of the 746 New Jersey residents killed in the attacks. The dedication will take place Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Liberty State Park, CRRNJ Terminal, N.J. 

President Obama and First Lady Michelle will participate in a service project Saturday as part of National Day of Service to honor the Sept. 11 anniversary at 12:10 p.m.

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