The executive who led the successful drive to keep the Buffalo Bills and a Buffalo police officer who fought back from a gunshot wound suffered in an incident that took his partner's life will be honored at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation's annual luncheon Sept. 24.
Erland E. Kailbourne will receive the foundation's Exemplary Citizenship Award for community service. The retired banker was chairman of Business Backs the Bills, whose 1998 campaign to fill new suite seats in the renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium convinced the National Football League franchise to remain here at least through 2002.
Kailbourne also is vice chairman of the State University of New York, chairman and a director of the John R. Oishei Foundation and a trustee of the Trooper Foundation, which supports state police officers. He retired last year as regional chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet Bank after 37 years with the bank and its predecessors.
Officer Michael N. Martinez will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Association Police Award, which is given annually to a law enforcement officer who has overcome a handicap to perform outstanding service. Martinez, a nine-year veteran of the Buffalo force, overcame months of physical and emotional anguish to return to duty after a 1997 shooting that injured him and killed his patrol partner and friend, Officer Skip McDougald.
Martinez came back to the Detective Bureau in February 1998 and earlier this year was shifted to patrol duty in the Northwest District.
Three others also will be honored at the luncheon.
The foundation President's Award will be presented to James R. How, a member of the Roosevelt Inaugural Site board since 1987 who has served as board president and chairman of the House and Grounds Committee.
The Barbara Berryman Brandt Volunteer Award will go to Gretchen Grimm and Mary Lou O'Connor.
The luncheon commemorating the 98th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's inauguration at the Delaware Avenue historic site will open with a cash bar at 11:30 a.m. in the Statler Golden Ballroom.