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WNY Runs for Heroes 5K Run & HealthWalk October 22nd

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; OCTOBER 20-22, 2011-The ECMC Lifeline Foundation is holding its fifteenth annual 5K run and healthwalk fundraiser (rescheduled from previous week due to inclement weather)-on Saturday, October 22, 2011.  This year, the "Western New York Runs for Heroes 5K Run & Healthwalk," takes place at the Parkside Lodge and Ring Road in Delaware Park.  The event honors Western New York police officers and firefighters.  In 2008, the event was expanded to recognize physicians, nurses, and other emergency life-savers. 

WNY Runs for Heroes Honorees for 2011 are: Allen Gerhardt, Deputy Sheriff, Niagara County; Gary Sengbusch, Officer, Buffalo Police Department; Joe Bayne, Chaplin, Buffalo Fire Department; Gino Gatti, Firefighter, Buffalo Fire Department; Denise Cuillo, Paramedic, Buffalo Division of Rural Metro Medical Services; Donna Oddo, RN, Unit Manager, Emergency Medicine, ECMC; and William Flynn, M.D., Chief of Service, Surgery, ECMC.  

On July 18, 2011, Officer Allen Gerhardt, Niagara County Deputy Sheriff, was en route to aid another deputy who was chasing a fleeing criminal.  Gerhardt's patrol car went off the road and struck a guardrail that pierced the door of the vehicle, severing his legs.  He was rushed to ECMC where he immediately underwent surgeries and follow-up care.  Gerhardt was discharged on August 12.  Officer Gerhardt is expected to be present at the 5K event. 

Firefighter Gino Gatti responded on June 6, 2011, to a report of a structure fire.  It was reported that there was a victim on the 2nd floor of a rear cottage apartment.  As the crew approached the structure, there were heavy smoke conditions on the 2nd floor.  Firefighter Gino Gatti used a ladder to perform a search of the 2nd floor via a window.  During his search, Gatti discovered an unconscious male victim in the fire room.  Gatti removed the victim from the room and with the assistance from Lt. Muscarella, proceeded towards the interior stairs.  With assistance from the crew, the victim was removed from the structure and transported to the awaiting ambulance crew.  Gatti and is recognized and commended for the quick and effective primary search and rescue under heavy smoke and fire conditions.  Firefighter Gatto plans to attend the 5K event. 

On February 25, 2011, Officer Gary Sengbusch, Buffalo Police Officer, was on his way home when he was involved in a crash that was caused by a drunk driver who ran a red light at the intersection of Ferry and Main Street late that night.  Officer Sengbusch and four of the passengers in the other vehicle were rushed to ECMC for treatment.  Sengbusch underwent emergency, trauma, and rehabilitation care and was discharged four months after the crash on June 17.  Officer Sengbusch is expected to attend the 5K run/walk. 

Fr. Joe Bayne, OFM Conv., is the Catholic Chaplain for Buffalo Fire Department, known as F-72 on the radio.  He responds to major fires and incidents as a source of guidance, counsel, and support to Fire Fighters first, then to civilians.  "Fr. Joe" celebrates the annual Memorial Mass/Breakfast, participates in the Annual Ball (Awards Ceremony), and blesses and dedicates new fire apparatus and fire houses.  He celebrates Baptisms, Weddings, and "God-forbid" funerals for firefighters and families.  Quietly and confidentially, he meets with firefighters seeking guidance/counsel on family and personal issues.  It's a "Ministry of Presence," says Bayne.  "As the son of a Baltimore firefighter killed in the line of duty," Fr. Joe says he, "has first hand experience and has been hanging out in fire houses since his time in the womb."  Fr. Bayne will be in attendance for the run/walk. 

Denise Cuillo is being recognized for her outstanding service as an EMS provider.  Denise is a full-time paramedic with the Buffalo Division of Rural Metro Medical Services and an instructor in the EMT Department at Erie Community College-South Campus.  Serving the Western New York community for more than 20 years, Cuillo is a highly-competent paramedic who has earned the respect of her peers.  As a provider who demands excellence in patient care, Denise Cuillo is often sought out as a preceptor by paramedic students who wish to learn from one of the best.  Denise Cuillo will be present during the 5K event. 

Donna Oddo, RN, BSN, Unit Manager, Emergency Department (ED), ECMC, held the position of assistant head nurse prior to being appointed unit manager and has served as a nurse in the ED since 1998 and at ECMC since 1981.  Nurse Oddo is active within the Western New York healthcare community.  She chairs the Nurse Advisory Committee (NAC), collaborates with other Emergency Departments in emergency nursing and education to ensure safety and provide high-quality nursing care.  Her rapport with WNY Pre-Hospital Care Providers enables her to facilitate patient flow.  Oddo plays a vital role as an ECMC ED representative for Erie County emergency preparedness, she provides care to the community in the ER at Buffalo Bills games, and she is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).  Her composure, professionalism and sense of humor bring calmness and reassurance to staff, ensuring patients receive the highest quality care.  Her values, ethics, honesty, integrity and commitment to the nursing profession are honorable.  Donna Oddo will participate in the walk. 

William J. Flynn Jr., M.D., Chief of Service, Surgery, ECMC, also serves as Associate Professor of Surgery (1999) for the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Flynn was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1991) where he also completed his residency (1989).  Dr. Flynn earned his doctorate from the Northwestern University School of Medicine in (1983).  He received his Master of Sciences degree from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo (1979).  He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Advanced Burn Life Support.  He earned Fellowships as a Trauma Fellow; a Research Fellow; and in Intravital Microscopy Section, University of Louisville (1991).  Dr. Flynn became a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery (1991) and Surgical Critical Care (1992) and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners (1984).  Throughout his career, Dr. Flynn earned many accreditations and certifications for his medical knowledge, teaching abilities, and outstanding work ethic, which define both his sense of dedication and the high quality of care that he directs and delivers to ECMC patients.   He is a member of the: New York State Committee on Trauma, American Trauma Society, Buffalo Surgical Society, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and Buffalo Academy of Medicine.  Baring any emergencies requiring his involvement, Dr. Flynn is expected to be in attendance at the 5K event. 

WNY Runs for Heroes Past Honorees: Dr. Dietrich Jehle, M.D., ECMC Corporation Associate Medical Director and Emergency Physician; 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 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.  Dr. Jehle may be present during this event. 

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.  Since that time, Mark has made incredible strides in his recovery and volunteers weekly in the trauma unit at ECMC. 

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. 

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 expected to participate in the run again this 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. 

WNY Runs for Heroes 2011 chairperson is Robert Holliday, Vice President/General Manger, AT&T - Upstate New York District and ECMC Lifeline Foundation Board Member. 

WNY Runs for Heroes 5K Run & Healthwalk competitions include the competitive run as well as a healthwalk.  The course is USA Track & Field certified and sanctioned by the USATF.  Run/Walk adult registrants receive a T-shirt.  All registrants are invited to the Post Event Picnic with live music by "Classified" (Hot Brass, Cool Sounds).  Event day registration begins at 8:30 A.M.  Run and Walk begin simultaneously at 10:00 A.M.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Medical Center's Adult Regional Trauma Center and patient centered care.  For more information about the ECMC Lifeline Foundation and/or ECMC Lifeline Foundation events, those interested should contact Special Events/Office Administrator Debi Jamieson (djamieso@ecmc.edu) at 716-898-5800. 

The 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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