Hero Awards

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


The 2013 One Hundred Club of Buffalo


2013 Outstanding Service Award

Sergeant Gary May - Niagara County Sheriff’s Office

Police officers are often recognized for their efforts in violent situations. Sergeant Gary May is being honored for going above the beyond the call of duty for his first aid prowess.

Sergeant May responded to a serious injury accident involving a motorcyclist and another vehicle on October 2, 2013 on Old Shawnee Road in the Town of Cambria. Arriving at the scene he saw that the motorcyclist’s leg was nearly severed. Sgt. May quickly retrieved a tourniquet from his patrol unit. With assistance of fire personnel on the scene, he applied the tourniquet to the victim’s leg.

The victim was quickly transported to the Erie County Medical Center where unfortunately, the medical team was unable to save his leg. However, due to Sgt. May’s quick action, the victim’s life was saved.

The 100 Club of Buffalo presents its Outstanding Service Award to Sergeant Gary May for his life saving efforts on October 2, 2013

2013 Hero Awards

Mr. Leonard Stevens – Civilian Honoree

On June 4, 2013 an afternoon of peaceful fishing on Squaw Island in Buffalo was anything but peaceful for Mr. Leonard Stevens.

He watched as youngsters were playing too close to the water when a 7-year-old girl slipped and fell into into the cold swift-moving river. Her brother, 17, jumped in to save her. He quickly reached her and passed her to their sister, age 13, on shore. The currents then pulled at the 17-year-old and the 13-year-old sister jumped into the river to help her brother.

Stevens could see that both siblings were in distress so he then jumped in to help them. He was able to get the now unconscious 13-year-old to shore but her older brother had disappeared into the murky waters. Stevens could not find the 17-year-old and swam back to shore, turning his attention to the unresponsive girl. He turned her on her side and slapped her back several times and she began to cough up water and begin breathing.

Nearby, a fisherman called 911 and the frantic search for the missing 17-year-old continued with responding police divers. Sadly, after 45 minutes the boy was found unresponsive trapped in riverbed debris under about 8 feet of water. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

While we share in the sorrow of the young man lost in trying to save his sister, Steven’s bravery in saving a young girl’s life is truly heroic.

The 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes Mr. Leonard Stevens whose quick response and intervention helped to save a 13 year old girls life on June 4, 2013

Detective Keith Kerl and Officer Robert Cornell – Lancaster Police Department

Many people probably remember the shocking incident at Lancaster High School on July 1, 2013 when four young men were moving a metal football goal post at Lancaster High School when it came into contact with overhead high voltage wires. The four young men were electrocuted and seriously injured.

Lancaster Police Detective Keith Kerl and Officer Robert Cornell responded to the 911 call. Despite the fact that the goal post was still in contact with the electric wires and the surrounding ground was singed and charred from brief flare ups, they provided immediate care without considering the risk to their own lives. They performed first aid including reviving one victim using CPR and a defibrillator to revive him before EMT’s arrived and intubated him to clear his airway before eventually transporting him to Womens and Childrens Hospital.

Although the young men were seriously injured, one critically, each were transported to area hospitals and all survived this tragic event.

The 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes Lancaster Police Officers Keith Kerl and Robert Cornell for their selfless actions without regard to their own safety of July 1, 2013

Firefighters David Smith and Kevin Scott – Buffalo Fire Department

In the early morning hours of February 22, 2013, flames were rolling out of the first floor on both sides of a structure at 174 Timon St. in the City of Buffalo. Firefighters David Smith and Kevin Scott were advised by a resident that a woman and her child were still inside.

With a line in place from Engine 21, crews of Ladder 6 and Rescue 1 began an intense search for the two victims. Entering the burning building, Firefighter Scott quickly found the woman in the rear of the structure and with assistance from Firefighter Smith, carried the victim from the structure where medical assistance was administered.

As conditions rapidly deteriorated, Firefighter Smith reentered the structure and resumed searching for the young male child. He was able to find this second victim and removed him from the burning home where fire crews and Rural Metro Ambulance provided first aid.

The 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes City of Buffalo Firefighters David Smith and Kevin Scott for their heroic actions of February 22, 2013 for disregarding their own safety by entering a burning structure and saving the lives of a mother and son.

Police Officer Michael Norwood – Buffalo Police Department

In the early evening of October 20, 2013 at approximately 7:54PM, Probationary, at the time, Buffalo Police Officer Michael Norwood was at the right place at the right time as far as Bonnie Werdein was concerned.

Ms. Werdein was driving on Main Street in the City of Buffalo, turning onto Florence Aveneue when a vehicle traveling on Main Street in the opposite direction struck Ms. Werdein’s vehicle so hard that both vehicles came to a stop against the curbs on opposite sides of the street.

The engine compartment of Ms. Werdeins vehicle then burst into flames and she was trapped inside. Officer Norwood who was off duty at the time rushed to the vehicle, gained entry and lifted her out of her seat with some assistance from another passerby.

The 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes Buffalo Police Officer Michael Norwood for his quick, decisive and effective actions on October 20, 2013.

Lieutenant Todd Chenez and Officer Michael Stover – Lockport Police Department

Fortunately for Harold Storms, Lockport Police Officers Todd Chenez and Michael Stover are half-marathon runners. Their desire for fitness combined with their training route saved Storms’ life on March 18, 2013

The two officers were completing a training run when they saw smoke coming from a home at 409 Hawley Street in Lockport. Rushing to the rear of the house they found thick acrid smoke billowing from the rear entrance door.

They were met by homeowner Roselyn Storms who advised them that that her husband was still inside. The officers immediately ran into the home to search for him. As they were only wearing their running gear for protection the search was difficult and they were quickly forced to retreat. Mrs. Storms said that her husband was probably in his basement work shop. Both officers again entered the home and were able to spot Mr. Storms lying at the foot of the basement stairs. He was unconscious and not breathing. They made several attempts to lift the victim but due to his physical size of nearly 300 pounds, combined the lack of breathable air, the officers were again forced to exit the home.

Lockport Police Officers Anthony Pittman and Heather Glenn then arrived on the scene and the officers ran into the smoke-filled house once again. The four were able to lift Mr. Storms and carry him outside to safety. Arriving paramedics quickly transported him to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Emergency Room physicians advised that Mr. Storms was only able to survive because of the quick actions of the police officers.

The story doesn’t end here. All four officers had to be treated for smoke inhalation. Three were treated and released. However, Officer Stover’s breathing was so compromised that he was given oxygen and rushed to the hospital. He was admitted to Intensive Care for treatment of a critical level of smoke inhalation. We are fortunate that he has since recovered and is with us here today.

Tonight the 100 Club of Buffalo recognizes Lt. Todd Chenez and Officer Michael Stover for their quick and decisive actions without regard to their own personal safety for saving the life of on Harold Storms on March 18, 2013.