SANBORN – The quick thinking and composure of Niagara County Sheriff Deputy Joe Tortorella during a shoot-out near Errick Road Elementary School last week resulted in “the best outcome of a terrible situation.”
Niagara-Wheatfield School Superintendent Lynn Fusco told the School Board Monday that while under fire from behind a tree, the deputy “had the presence of mind” to call his dispatcher to make sure that the nearby school was put in lock-down mode. She said it was through his bravery and quick thinking that the safety of all the children and staff at the school was ensured.
Tortorella responded to a 911 call for assistance at the Errick Road home of Duane and Cynthia Bores. Duane Bores Jr., the couple’s 25-year-old son, fired a handgun at the deputy who returned fire. The son was killed in the shoot-out. Tortorella was also wounded.
Fusco said she wanted to thank the deputy for his selflessness and his bravery and concern for putting his own life at risk to protect the school children.
She also credited the actions of the school staff which she said followed procedure during the half-hour lockdown.
Board president Steve Sabo whose son and daughter attend Errick Road, said he would like the deputy to appear at a meeting so he could thank him personally.