Hero Awards

The 100 Club of Buffalo holds multiple annual events every year in order to support our local community support activities.

2008 HEROES AWARDS RECIPIENTS

Trooper Chad P. Barry – New York State Police
 
On Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 6:45AM , Trooper Chad P. Barry responded to the William Toth residence, 70 Meadowbrook Drive, Elma, NY for a report of a house fire where the residents were trapped inside. Upon arrival at the scene, Trooper Barry was met by Susan Toth who was outside the residence with her three children who advised Trooper Barry that her husband was still inside the residence attempting to find the source of the fire. Trooper Barry along with two Erie County Sheriffs deputies attempted to enter the front door of the residence and were met with heavy smoke forcing them to exit the house. As the deputies led Mrs. Toth and her children away from the house Trooper Barry ran to the rear of the residence where he located a sliding glass door, opened it, entered and called for Mr. Toth who was on the floor and observed Trooper Barry’s flashlight. Mr. Toth reached out and grabbed Trooper Barry’s arm enabling him to pull Mr. Toth from the residence to safety.
 
The 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York recognizes Trooper Chad P. Barry for his act of heroism on October 18, 2008    
 
Police Officers Ronald Clark and Efrain Colon – Buffalo Police Department
 
On Monday, May 14, 2007 at 7:49PM Officers Ronald Clark and Efrain Colon responded to a 911 call of shots fired from a gold Equinox at the corners of East Ferry and Cambridge Streets in the City of Buffalo. Officers Clark and Colon were the first on the scene and as they approached they observed a black male whose torso was outside the Equinox firing shots from a handgun north onto Cambridge St. Officer Clark attempted to position his patrol vehicle in front of the Equinox to pin it in but was rammed several times before it fled the scene. As Officers Clark and Colon pursued the suspect vehicle they were met with gunfire striking the drivers side of Officer Clarks patrol vehicle. After a pursuit through the east side the suspects abandoned their vehicle in downtown Buffalo and were eventually apprehended after a foot chase as all of the City of Buffalos available units were in position to intercept these fleeing felons.
 
Many officers took part in this chase and eventual apprehension but it was Police Officers Clark and Colon who maintained their positions in the pursuit of the Equinox while disregarding their personal safety to make the streets of Buffalo safer as they took direct fire from these fleeing suspects. 
 
The 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York recognize Police Officers Ronald Clark and Efrain Colon for their heroic actions of May 14, 2007.
 
Lieutenant Thomas Mascellino – Buffalo Fire Department
 
On Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:09AM Lieutenant Thomas Mascellino responded to a structure fire at 652 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY. While advancing a hose line into the residence Lt. Mascellino performed a cursory search and located an unconscious male wedged between a bed and dresser in a bedroom off of the kitchen. Due to limited space within the room Lt. Mascellino was not able to free this person and after calling waiting for assistance removed his face piece in order to provide oxygen to the victim enabling him to breath clean air while trapped within the bedroom. With assistance, the victim was eventually removed from the structure and Lt. Mascellino completed the suppression of the fire.
 
The 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York recognizes Lieutenant Thomas Mascellino for his heroic actions of March 15, 2008
 
Fire Fighter Robert Jackson – Buffalo Fire Department
 
On Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 11:07PM Firefighter Robert Jackson responded to a structure fire 389 Herman St, Buffalo, NY. While following a hand line to the second floor and searching for possible victims Firefighter Jackson located a male victim lying on the floor in a bedroom, off the kitchen, which was engulfed in flames. Firefighter Jackson with the assistance of another firefighter removed the victim from the residence to safety via a rear staircase adjacent to the bedroom.
 
The 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York recognizes Firefighter Robert Jackson for his heroic actions of April 3, 2008
 
Doctor Leslie J. Bisson MD – Civilian Honoree 
 
On Sunday, February 10, 2008 during the third period of the Buffalo Sabres / Florida Panthers NHL hockey game Dr. Bisson, one of the Buffalo Sabres team physician responded to the ice after
Florida Panther forward Richard Zednik was inadvertently cut on the throat by a teammates skate. As Zednik arrived at his teams bench he was greeted by Panther trainer David Zenobi who placed a towel on his throat and Dr. Bisson who was already in position in the tunnel leading to the dressing rooms where he quickly evaluated the injury which was a severed carotid artery and took immediate action. Dr. Bisson pinched off the artery in Zedniks throat stopping the profuse bleeding until they arrived at the hospital and the surgeons could take over and provide further medical attention.
 
The 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York recognizes Doctor Leslie Bisson, MD for his heroic actions of February 10, 2008.