A Greece Police officer was honored Wednesday for his quick, brave and selfless actions during the Christmas Eve shooting ambush in Webster that left two firefighters dead and two others seriously wounded.
On the morning of Christmas Eve, Greece police officer John Ritter was on his way to work when his car came under gun fire on Lake Road in Webster, and that's when he took action to prevent any further injury or loss of life. His courage and bravery was recognized Wednesday.
"It's my pleasure that we now recognize Officer John Ritter for his exemplary role he played in this event."
The Greece Rotary Club honored Ritter with its Community Service Person of the Year Award as he was recognized for his heroic efforts in connection with the Webster Christmas Eve ambush.
Ritter took quick action as he went by the scene of the Lake Road house fire. His car came under fire, causing glass fragments to hit him. He reacted immediately, by taking cover, and then reversing his car to a nearby intersection to make sure no one else could enter the scene as he notified authorities.
"For the Greece Rotary Club, part of their motto or part of their mission is goodwill and peace in the world, and realistically as a result of this event, that's why I think we all need to look back at and turn ourselves to and try to teach future generations that it's not okay to do those things and that human life has a lot more value than in the world today," said Ritter.
Ritter is a 19-year veteran of the Greece Police Department. He will be named a Paul Harris Fellow; one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a community member. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary.