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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Dr. Dietrich Jehle, Erie County Medical Center's associate medical director, has been selected to receive the New York American College of Emergency Physicians Advancing Emergency Care Award for 2010.

Jehle has been instrumental in the development of emergency medicine at ECMC, serving as director of the Emergency Department from 1990 to 2007. The Emergency Department is now a preferred clinical site for medical students and residents training in the field of emergency medicine. Jehle is both a researcher and a reviewer for national journals in emergency medicine. In addition to pioneering ultrasound research, he has performed studies on resuscitation, investigated motor vehicle crashes and introduced new technologies to emergency medicine. He also has been successful in obtaining funding for 15 research grants totaling more than $12 million.

The ECMC board of directors honored Jehle by presenting him with the Extraordinary HERO Award last October. While en route to Ralph Wison Stadium, where he moonlights as a physician for the Buffalo Bills, Jehle witnessed a multivehicle crash ahead of him on the Niagara Thruway. He directed, triaged and administered emergency care to crash victims. As part of his response, he also put his life at risk assisting in the rescue of a driver and two young passengers from a burning car.

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Mentholatum Co. provided $1,000 for the Purchase Award, won by Shirley Walker, in the 53rd Annual Allentown Outdoor Art Festival. Pepsi Bottling Group of Buffalo provided $675 for first place award in the Painting (Abstract) category won by John Mubiru.

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Pharmacist M. Donald Pritchard received the Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award recently at the annual awards ceremony of the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

This award, which bears the name of the UB School of Pharmacy's fourth dean, recognizes an outstanding pharmacist who personifies the ideals of service and integrity.

Pritchard is a 1953 graduate of UB's School of Pharmacy and also a former laboratory instructor. He served as president of the American College of Apothecaries, vice president of the American Pharmaceutical Association, vice president of the Erie County Pharmaceutical Association and was appointed to the state Advisory Council on Physicians' Assistants and Specialists' Assistants.

For more than 25 years, he was a member of the Buffalo Rotary Club. He served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for a dozen years, and on the Orchard Park Board of Education for nine years -- as president for three years. He is currently a member of the Orchard Park American Legion and of St. John's Lutheran Church.

Pritchard previously owned the former Mearl D. Pritchard Pharmacy, 50 High St. He began mentoring pharmacy interns there and continues in his mentorship capacity as a pharmacist at Anthony-Brown Pharmacy.

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Timothy Hartigan, from Canisius High School, has been selected to receive the Le Moyne College Heights Award. Established in 1994, this award recognizes a student's academic achievements as well as community service. He will receive a scholarship to Le Moyne and be nominated for Le Moyne's Integral Honors Program and its Leadership Development Program. Le Moyne College, located in Syracuse, is a private, four-year Jesuit college.

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Edward Zirnheld, who will be a senior at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, has been named Town of Tonawanda Outstanding Youth of the Year. Edward, who is a National Honor Society member completing his junior year, was recently elected president of the school's Student Council.

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Cory Frank Wienckowski of Depew has been awarded a four-year scholarship with the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and has been commissioned as an ensign in the Navy. He recently graduated from Jacksonville (Fla.) University with a degree in computer science.

e-mail: lcontinelli@buffnews.com

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