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Friday, February 28, 2014

Two of Lockport's finest and a Niagara County Sheriff's Office Sergeant are among the honorees at the "Hero Awards" this evening in Buffalo.

Lockport Police Officers Lt. Todd Chenez and Officer Michael Stover will receive their honors because they saved a Lockport man from a burning home on March 19, 2013. The two officers were completing a training run when they saw smoke coming from a Hawley Street home. Rushing to the rear of the house, they found thick acrid smoke billowing from the rear entrance door.

Homeowner Roselyn Storms met them and said that her husband was still inside. The officers immediately ran into the home searching for him. As they were only wearing the running gear, the search was difficult and they quickly were forced to retreat. Mrs. Storms said that her husband was probably in the basement workshop. Both officers again entered the home and were able to spot Harold Storms lying at the foot of the basement stairs, unconscious and not breathing. The officers had to make several attempts to lift the victim. However the man’s physical size of nearly 300 pounds, combined the lack of breathable air, again forced the officers to exit the home.

With the help of Officers Anthony Pittman and Heather Glenn, who had just arrived on the scene, Mr. Storms was carried outside to safety. Arriving paramedics quickly transported him to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Emergency Room physicians advised that Mr. Storms was only able to survive because of the officers’ quick action.

Niagara County Sheriff Sergeant Gary May is being presented with the Outstanding Service Award for going above the beyond the call of duty for his first aid prowess.

Sergeant May responded to a serious injury accident involving a motorcyclist and another vehicle on October 2, 2013 on Old Shawnee Road in Cambria. Arriving at the scene and finding that the motorcyclist’s leg was nearly severed, May quickly retrieved a tourniquet from his patrol unit and with assistance of fire personnel on the scene, he applied the tourniquet to the victim’s leg.

The victim was quickly transported to Erie County Medical Center. Unfortunately, the medical team was unable to save the victim’s leg.  However, due to Sgt. May’s quick action, the victim’s life was saved.

The award ceremony, hosted by the 100 Club of Buffalo, will take place at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave., Buffalo,
The 100 Club of Buffalo, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization. Its purpose is to provide service to the members of local law enforcement, fire services, and emergency medical services and their families.  Established in 1957 to provide cash assistance to the families of police officers killed in the line of duty, The 100 Club has grown to provide scholarships, educational assistance and awards to the members and families of the police, fire and emergency medical service agencies of Western New York.

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