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Badge & Shield Club honors six

The Erie County Sheriff's Badge & Shield Club honored six people Saturday evening at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.

Lt. Bradley Roth and dispatcher Kevin Hughes were recognized for their role in eliminating a communications "dead zone" in Holland and Sardinia. Working with the Federal Communications Commission on their own time, they discovered an old radio frequency that could be used to communicate between headquarters and deputies on patrol in those areas.

Roth was presented the Patrol Services Award and Hughes received the Support Services Award.

Three Robert S. Insalaco Youth Awards went to: Candace Caulkins, 13, of West Seneca, who was instrumental in the arrest of a man who exposed himself while she was vacationing last summer at Letchworth State Park. She gave local police a description of the man, who was on probation for similar acts, and she picked him out in a photo array.

Courtney Collignon, 8, of Grand Island, saw her 4-year-old brother Cameron struggling in a hotel swimming pool last summer. She dived into the water and pulled him to safety.

David Freund of the Town of Tonawanda, a senior at Kenmore East High School, saved his grandmother's life by performing the Heimlich maneuver when she began choking on her pills one morning last November.

Retired Deputy Nicholas Sillitto was given the Alfred D. Gennuso Award for his longtime service as an officer and director of the club as well as chairman of several committees over the years.

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