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Sheriff’s Badge & Shield Club to hold annual awards dinner

An Erie County sheriff’s deputy and a civilian who helped save the life of a man whose legs were run over by a brush hog will be among those honored Saturday by the Erie County Deputy Sheriffs Badge & Shield Club.

Several other department employees and civilians will receive awards at the annual banquet in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Lancaster. Fifteen employees who retired last year also will be honored.

Deputy Benjamin Pisa and William M. Boncal applied tourniquets to a young man’s legs at an accident scene in Boston on July 16. Boncal first applied makeshift tourniquets using his and another person’s belts, and Pisa later used combat and tactical tourniquets on the man’s legs.

Pisa will receive the William R. Dils Deputy of the Year Award, while Boncal is getting the Joseph Wachowiak Outstanding Citizen Award.

Deputy Jordan Grabar ran a half-mile through the woods to try to save a person who fell off a cliff in Chestnut Ridge Park on July 2. Grabar helped direct other emergency personnel to the trail before he ran to help the victim and administered CPR and other treatment when he found the person with a serious head injury. Even though his efforts ultimately were not enough to save the person’s life, Grabar is being recognized with the William Payne Police Services Award.

A young man will receive the Robert Insalaco Youth Award for his help in two situations in 2015. Last winter, Matthew Moser helped out an elderly driver whose car was buried in snow. The driver insisted on staying with his vehicle, so Moser shoveled out the areas around the vehicle’s exhaust pipes. In February 2015, Moser donated clothes and toys to children whose home was destroyed by a fire.

Deputies Justin Bauer, Adam Day and Michael Sluberski, part of the Rath Patrol Unit that provides security at three buildings, will receive the William Dillemuth Outstanding Service Award. Their work last year included taking into custody subjects armed with various weapons, including a loaded handgun, a Taser and knives. In total, they made more than 550 arrests and issued 390 parking tickets.

Lt. William Whalen, who volunteers as director of security for the Variety Club Telethon and recruits the all-volunteer security staff, will receive the Jail Management Division Award.

Steven Annunziata, a court officer, performed CPR on a woman he found unconscious on a sidewalk on his way to work. He will be given the New York State Court Officer Award.

The Civil Enforcement Award will be given to John Rodriguez Jr., part of the Family Court Warrants and Child Support Enforcement Unit.

Robert Trask, a dispatcher for 18 years who is one of the primary trainers of new dispatchers, will receive the Support Services Award.

The Reserve-Scientific Award will go to Deputy Joseph DeMarco in recognition of his founding and work with Wings Flights of Hope, which utilizes volunteer pilots to transport patients at no cost across the county for medical care.