>Ryan Foundation makes donation to paramedics
The James V. Ryan Foundation is donating funds to the Town of Tonawanda Paramedics Unit to purchase six generators used for treating clinical respiratory conditions such as congestive heart failure with pulmonary adema, emphysema, asthma and pneumonia.
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure generators cost about $5,000 each, including masks and hookups, according to Town of Tonawanda Police Chief Anthony J. Palombo. The Town of Tonawanda Paramedics will be the first local emergency medical unit to bring such life-saving equipment to a prehospital setting.
>Way of the Cross Walk to honor murder victims
The third annual Way of the Cross Walk in downtown on Good Friday will honor slain nun Sister Karen Klimczak and other murder victims, organizers said.
The Way of the Cross, a Lenten re-enactment of Jesus' suffering, will begin at noon Friday at North Division and Ellicott streets and will wind through downtown.
Last Good Friday, just hours before Sister Karen was killed by an ex-convict she had taken into the halfway house she ran, she participated in the Way of the Cross Walk. On that day, she handed out small crosses that bore the names of recent homicide victims.
The event is sponsored by Pax Christi of Western New York and the Peace and Justice Commission of the Buffalo Diocese.