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BUFFALO, NEW YORK; OCTOBER 3, 2009-ECMC Lifeline Foundation held its thirteenth annual "5K Run & HealthWalk" fundraiser on Saturday, October 3, 2009.  The event, now called, "Western New York Runs for Heroes" was held in Delaware Park, at the Marcy Casino on Lincoln Parkway at Hoyt Lake.  Since its inception, area police officers injured in the line of duty and treated at ECMC have been honored during this event.  In 2007, a firefighter injured in the line of duty and treated at ECMC was honored.  Last year, the event was further expanded to honor not only Western New York firefighters and police officers injured in the line of duty, but also to recognize physicians, nurses, and other emergency lifesavers. 

This year, ECMC Corporation Associate Medical Director Dr. Dietrich Jehle was recognized as a "WNY Runs for Heroes" honoree for his on-site lifesaving work in the care and rescue of multiple victims of a September 2009 motor vehicle crash.  Police and Firefighter event honorees are: Buffalo Firefighter Mark Reed; Buffalo Police Officer Patricia Parete; Buffalo Police Officer Carl Andolina; Lockport Police Officer Steven D. Ritchie; Lockport Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert; and Jamestown Police Detective David Mitchell. 

On September 3rd, 2009, Dietrich Jehle, M.D., ECMC Corporation Associate Medical Director and Emergency Physician, and former (17-year) Director of the Medical Center's Emergency Department, was travelling to a

Buffalo Bills football game where he provides medical care to fans and support medical care to players.  While in route on the southbound Niagara Thruway, Dr. Jehle observed a multi-vehicle crash that occurred immediately ahead of him.  At the scene of the accident, Dr. Jehle directed, triaged and administered emergency care to treat crash victims.  As part of his response, he also put his life at risk directing/assisting in the rescue of a driver and two young passengers from a burning and severely damaged car. 

Buffalo Firefighter Mark Reed was transported to ECMC on June 10, 2007, after a brick chimney collapsed on him while fighting an arson fire in a vacant house in the City.  Reed arrived at ECMC with multiple, life-threatening injuries.  Yet, after undergoing multiple surgeries and extensive care, Reed was discharged from ECMC on August 1, 2007.  Firefighter Reed is a 5K Run & HealthWalk honoree (for the third year) will participate in the healthwalk this year. 

On December 5, 2006, Buffalo Police Officer Patricia Parete and her partner Officer Carl Andolina were dispatched to a downtown gas station where a fight had been reported.  The officers chased a suspect and ordered him to take his hands out of his pockets when he then began shooting at both officers at point blank range.  Officer Andolina tackled him to the ground.  Both officers were injured in the gun battle, with Officer Parete sustaining severe injuries from a gunshot to the spine.  Officer Andolina was shot three times, treated at ECMC and discharged.  Officer Parete underwent extensive emergency/trauma surgery and care at ECMC.  Officers Parete and Andolina are 5K Run & HealthWalk honorees (for the third year). 

Lockport Police Chief Lawrence Eggert and Officer Steven Ritchie were injured in the line of duty in February of 2003, during a gun battle with a man they pursued for shooting a Lockport bar patron and riddling a building with bullets with a semi-automatic weapon.  Both officers were injured and treated by ECMC emergency/trauma teams.  Ritchie was brought to ECMC in critical condition.  Chief Eggert and Officer Ritchie are returning honorees (for the sixth year).  Officer Ritchie will participate in the healthwalk (for the fifth consecutive year). 

In September of 1999, after sustaining life-threatening injuries when shot in the line of duty, Jamestown Police Detective David Mitchell was transported to ECMC for emergency, trauma, and follow-up care.   Detective Mitchell is a tenth year honoree and will compete as a runner in the 5K event (for the ninth consecutive year). 

Co-chairpersons of this event for 2009 were: Foundation Board Member and Rural Metro Ambulance District Manager Adin Bradley and ECMC Lifeline Foundation Board Vice-Chair and Exigence Group Practice Manager Clifton M. Bergfeld.  The ECMC Lifeline Foundation Executive Director is Gia Alessandra Coone. 

5K Run & HealthWalk competitions included the competitive run as well as a healthwalk.  The healthwalk began at 10:00 A.M., and the run began at 10:30 A.M.  .  All adult registrants received a t-shirt, refreshments and food, and opportunities to win door prizes at the post-event picnic held at the Marcy Casino. 

The course is USA Track & Field certified, sanctioned by the USATF and certified to be accurate by the USATF #NY02009AM.  Prizes for the run went to overall female and male winners (no duplicate awards), as well as the first three male and female winners in each of eight age groups.  There was a special prize available for anyone breaking the WNY 5K record-breaking time.  Corporate teams, including ECMC departments, were eligible for team prizes. 

For more information about the ECMC Lifeline Foundation, the 5K Run & Healthwalk for 2009, and/or other upcoming ECMC Lifeline Foundation events, those interested should contact Debi Jamieson of the ECMC Lifeline Foundation at 716-898-5800 or djamieso@ecmc.edu

ECMC Lifeline Foundation, Inc. was created as a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to assist ECMC in establishing the resources needed to support the medical center's Adult Regional Trauma Center and its Culture of Care through excellence in medical and customer services.  Since ECMC is now an independent Public Benefit Corporation and is no longer a part of Erie County, it seeks to receive support from the community it has helped for so long and from those who may need its services in the future. 

NEWS CONTACT:  Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu

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