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Dec 27, 2012 6:29 AM by AP/CS

2 NY firefighters thankful for surviving ambush

Two firefighters wounded by a gunman who set his upstate New York house ablaze and killed two of their colleagues in an ambush are on the mend and say they're thankful for the support they've received.

West Webster volunteer firefighters Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scardino have been upgraded to satisfactory condition at Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital.

The hospital released a statement from the firefighters saying they're "humbled and a bit overwhelmed" by the outpouring of well wishes and support for them and their families.

Authorities say 62-year-old ex-con William Spengler shot and killed the firefighters and then himself on Christmas Eve after setting a fire that destroyed seven homes. They're trying to confirm that remains found in the house are those of Spengler' sister, Cheryl Spengler.

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