The Erie County Sheriff's Office, the State Police, the 100 Club of Buffalo and the Amherst Fire Council were all lauded for their community service Monday evening by the Firefighter newspaper, the official voice of local volunteer fire companies.
David Sherman, editor of the volunteer publication, presented foot-high acrylic Maltese crosses to representatives of the four organizations during a ceremony at the Firemen's Memorial Exhibit Center on Seneca Street, West Seneca.
Sherman said the 100 Club was honored for the more than $3.5 million in aid and scholarships it has collected and distributed over the years to victimized families and supporting members of local emergency medical service agencies and Mercy Flight.
The Amherst Fire Council was honored for standing as a "pillar of strength in the changing world of volunteer fire service for more than 50 years," Sherman said.
The Sheriff's Office and the State Police were cited for the roles of both agencies in the rescue last fall of 19-year-old Drew Carriero after the Gowanda teen fell 400 feet into a Zoar Valley Creek.
Wandering too close to a cliff and losing his balance while deer hunting last Nov. 22, the teen suffered multiple skull fractures, a head cut and shattered orbital bone, fractured femur and dislocated shoulder. He recovered thanks in part to the rescue teams, Sherman said.
Last year, the 100 Club posthumously honored Buffalo Fire Lt. Charles "Chip" McCarthy and Firefighter Jonathan Croom, who died battling a three-alarm fire at an East Side deli two years ago.