Hero Awards

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

2012 HEROES AWARDS RECIPIENTS


2012 Outstanding Service Award

New York State Trooper Christopher B. Sullivan

On May 22, 2012 a family realized its worst nightmare when they found their 23 month old daughter face down, unresponsive and not breathing in an in ground swimming pool on Omphalius Road in the Town of Boston just a week before Memorial Day.

New York State Trooper Christopher B. Sullivan patrolling out of the Boston barracks responded to the 911 call and after assessing the situation he immediately started performing life-saving CPR on the toddler. After Sullivan completed one cycle of chest compressions the small child began gurgle and then she began to breathe. Sullivan then rolled the child on her side to expel additional fluids from her body. At that time members of the Boston Emergency Medical Squad arrived on the scene and transported the child to Women and Children’s Hospital where she was iInitially listed in critical condition, she was subsequently treated and released and is expected to make a full recovery

Trooper Sullivan’s exemplary actions, his prompt response and his decisive medical care helped to save the life of this young drowning victim.

The 100 Club of Buffalo presents its Outstanding Service Award to Trooper Christopher B. Sullivan for his life saving efforts on May 22, 2012


2012 Hero Awards

Bergholz Volunteer Firefighter Mark R Stevens, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Denise M. Piechowski and US Mail Carrier Barry W. Eleey – Civilian Honorees

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 the lives of a bicycle rider, a nurse practitioner, a volunteer firefighter and a mail carrier all came together during busy rush hour traffic on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Wheatfield. The bike rider Curtis Senf was struck by a minivan whose driver was turning into a park lot and didn’t see the cyclist coming up behind him. Fortunately for the cyclist, three people saw what happened. Pediatric Nurse practitioner Denise M. Piechowski, US Mail Carrier Barry W. Eleey and Bergholz Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief Mark R. Stevens were all individually on their way to work at various locations but each pulled their cars over and rushed to Senf’s aid providing immediate and life-saving assistance to the unconscious cyclist. They quickly formed a cohesive team. Firefighter Stevens happens to keep a fully stocked medical bag in his car as well as emergency oxygen. The team nearly lost Senf when the cyclist stopped breathing but, working together, the good Samaritans performed CPR and provided oxygen until Mercy Flight arrived. Senf was flown to the Erie County Medical Center where he was in guarded condition in intensive care trauma unit. At this time Mr. Senf is still convalescing from his injuries and with therapeutic treatments is expected to make a full recovery The 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes Denise Piechowski, Barry Eleey and Mark Stevens, whose quick response and skilled intervention helped to save Curtis Senf’s life on June 5, 2012


North Tonawanda Police Officer Daryl Truty

On July 23, 2012, North Tonawada Police Officer Daryl Truty, was in the right place at the right time shortly before 3 p.m. The off-duty officer was working on his personal boat at Smith Boy’s Marina on Tonawanda Island when he heard cries for help and that someone was drowning. A young man who was swimming with friends jumped into the treacherous waters from a nearby bridge on the eastern side of Tonawanda Island into what is known as Little River which heads north toward Niagara Falls. The flailing swimmer had gone under water several times and was clearly in need of help. He was being propelled away from the shore and downstream when Truty alerted the North Tonawanda Police before grabbing his lifejacket and running north to get well ahead of the distressed swimmer. Officer Truty then jumped into the Little River with currents in excess of 9 MPH to try to reach the swimmer who was clearly in distress and going under water for up to 30 seconds at a time. At this point boaters who also were dockside joined in the rescue by taking their craft out toward the distressed young man. It was Truty who was able to reach him, and with the aid of the boaters, hoisted the unconscious swimmer safely out of the water. The swimmer who was unconscious at the time, became mildly responsive and was then transported to DeGraff Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes North Tonawanda Police Officer Daryl Truty for his extreme bravery and diligence to duty, even in an off duty capacity, for his actions of July 23, 2012


Firefighter Jeffrey Kane – Buffalo Fire Department
Firefighter Robert Carnevale – Buffalo Fire Department
Special Agent Joseph Bongiovanni – US Drug Enforcement Administration

On the morning of November 16, 2012, two off duty City of Buffalo Firefighters, Jeffrey Kane and Robert Carnevale and DEA Special Agent Joseph Bongiovanni were driving separately on Amherst Street in the City of Buffalo when they all happened upon a structure fire at a three story apartment building. Smoke was billowing out of the structure and most of the 50 residents, some still in pajamas, were fleeing from the building, including a woman who jumped from a second story window as flames encroached. Unbeknownst to each other, they all decided to stop and enter the burning building to assist residents. Firefighter Kane who asked his wife to pull their car over instinctively entered the burning structure, without the protection of any equipment, to attempt to remove the remaining residents. He realized the heavy smoke allowed for a small window of air about 6 inches from the floor so he stayed low and banged on the floor calling out to people to get out of the structure. At this point he saw a pair of feet moving away from him so he drew a deep breath, stood up and ran through the thick smoke to grab a woman who he safely removed from the building. Upon reentering the building, he heard a familiar voice, that of fellow Firefighter Robert Carnevale and another man, Special Agent Joseph Bongiovanni who were also in an off duty capacity and searching for people as well. Each relieved there were others assisting at the scene, they continued the search of the structure until the flames and smoke became so intense they had to exit the building leaving the remaining searches and firefighting to arriving Buffalo Fire Companies.

The 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes City of Buffalo Firefighters Jeffrey Kane and Robert Carnevale and DEA Special Agent Joseph Bongiovanni for their heroic actions of November 16, 2012 for disregarding their own safety by entering a burning structure without the aid of protective equipment and saving the lives of numerous residents.


Police Officer Robert Yeates – Buffalo Police Department

The year 2012 was a busy one for Buffalo Police Officer Robert Yeates, who was honored by the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association for incidents throughout the year.

Tonight the 100 Club of Buffalo honors him for one particularly harrowing incident which occurred on August 1, 2012. Officer Yeates and Probationary Officer John Michael Mulderig were on patrol on Esser Street in the City of Buffalo when a screaming woman flagged them down stating that her four year son was injured and pointed to the porch of duplex at 193-195 Esser St, where a small boy was lying motionless and unresponsive. Officer Yeates immediately radioed dispatch for an ambulance and proceeded to the front porch of the residence where he determined that the 4 year old boy had been stabbed several times in the chest. The mother of the child and another woman informed the him the assailant was inside 195 Esser. Before Officer Yeates entered the residence to investigate, he urged the mother, who had already started CPR on her critically wounded child, to continue talking to her son “to keep him alive.” Officer Mulderig, a rookie 13 days out of the Police Academy and 18 minutes into his first shift on the road, was directed by Yeates to stay on the porch with the victim and those tending to him until the ambulance arrived. At this point, a man attempted to exit the door at 193 Esser, but Yeates pushed the door closed and ordered the man to stay inside. Officer Yeates then entered 195 Esser, where he observed a bloodied woman standing 12 to15 feet away brandishing two large butcher knives. Officer Yeates drew his gun, pointed it at her and ordered the woman to drop the knives. She screamed back that she would not prompting Yeates to repeat the order several times. Each was met with a verbal refusal from the woman, who was later identified as the boy’s grandmother. The woman then began to walk toward Yeates, telling him to shoot her, Officer Yeates slowly backed away continuing to order the woman to drop the knives. Holding the door open with one hand and his gun in the other, Yeates backed onto the porch and realized he could not let the suspect out the door. The woman had now closed the gap between herself and Officer Yeates to 4 to 5 feet at which time she raised both knives, Yeates fired twice and she fell to the floor mortally wounded

Meanwhile, Mulderig remained on the porch assisting mother and child, keeping neighbors from entering the crime scene and continually watched Yeates’ back. The child subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

The 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes Buffalo Police Officer Robert Yeates for his quick, decisive and effective actions on August 1, 2012.