Nine public safety officers will be honored this evening as the One Hundred Club of Buffalo and Western New York holds its 41st annual meeting and Heroes Awards Dinner in the Statler Golden Ballroom.
Awards will be given to Paul Patterson, Wright's Corners Volunteer Fire Co.; State Police Investigator Kevin Kendall, Buffalo Police Lt. Keith LoCicero, Buffalo Firefighter Mark Egloff; West Seneca Police Lt. Lary Fallon and Officer Edward Baker; Eric Conley, Seneca Hose Volunteer Fire Co., and Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Kevin Caffery and Detective Chester Krupczyk.
Patterson, in December 1998, crawled under an overturned car which was burning, smashed a rear window and freed two youths inside, saving their lives.
Kendall was off duty, driving with his family, when he came upon a car-tractor trailer accident on the Thruway in Cheektowaga in September 1998. He removed a woman from her car just before it was engulfed in flames.
LoCicero and Egloff brought a man down an ice-covered fire escape this past New Year's Day after braving heavy smoke and fire to locate him on the third floor of the Hotel Huron in Buffalo.
Fallon, Baker and Conley carried a man and a woman, both unconscious, from a smoky house fire last April on Edson Street in West Seneca.
Caffery and Krupczyk made a helicopter rescue of two boys stranded on the ice on Lake Erie last January.
The One Hundred Club provides services to members of local law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services agencies and their families. It has given $2.4 million in death benefits and has raised more than $435,000 for financial assistance. It also has sponsored more than 100 candidates to the FBI Academy.