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Honorees for 2012 Heroes 5k Run & Healthwalk

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; SEPTEMBER 24, 2012-Today, ECMC and ECMC Lifeline Foundation announced honorees of the 2012 Heroes 5k Run and Healthwalk.  This year's nominees are dedicated, life saving professionals from the fields of Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Medicine.  

Event Chair Robert Holliday, VP/GM, AT&T-Upstate New York District; and Board Member of the ECMC Lifeline Foundation, served as emcee of the news conference

The following individuals and groups will be honored September 29, 2012, during the 2012 Run for Heroes in Delaware Park.  Registration for the 5k Run and Healthwalk with $2,500 in Cash Prizes opens at 8:30am.  A motorcade of law enforcement and emergency vehicles will kick-off the run at 10:00 AM with awards to immediately follow (approx. 11 AM).  A post race party follows with the music of "Dive House Union," an award winning band featuring drummer and Buffalo Firefighter Shannon Street. 

Buffalo Police Department; Buffalo Police SWAT Team & Erie County Medical Center Police Department: The men and women of the Buffalo Police Department, Buffalo Police SWAT Team and ECMC Police Department put their lives on the line everyday to ensure the safety of the citizens of Buffalo & the ECMC Community.  They train tirelessly to be prepared 24/7 for every imaginable emergency.  Those skills were put into play in June with the unspeakable tragedy on the ECMC Medical Campus.  They were able to quickly put into a place a plan that ensured the safety of not only the ECMC community but the greater WNY community as well.  ECMC and the Lifeline Foundation would like to publically recognize these outstanding law enforcement professionals for their dedication, compassion and service to our community. 

Kevin Hairston, Buffalo Fire Department: Gold Medal Firefighter Kevin Hairston of Ladder 14 is being recognized for Bravery in the Line of Duty.  During a January 15th blaze Firefighter Hairston put his life on the line by entering an inferno without the benefit of a hand line in order to find a trapped man. He found the victim in a first floor bathroom and radioed for help in moving the man to safety.  Through his bravery, diligence and teamwork the victim was removed from the burning building and brought to safety.  For his actions on January 15 and his dedication and commitment to the BFD, Firefighter Hairston is being honored as a Hero by ECMC Lifeline Foundation as well as being given the BFD Memorial Award for Bravery. 

Justin Janiga, Rural Metro Medical Services: A resident of Hamburg, New York, Justin started his career in emergency services by joining the Woodlawn Fire Company in 2006.  Justin joined the ranks at Rural Metro Medical Services in 2008 after completing the Emergency Medical Technician Basic Training Course and quickly gained the respect of his peers.  He became a Field Training Officer to assist his fellow employees become better providers and in 2010 took advantage of Rural/Metro's funding for their employees to enroll in the Paramedic Program, graduating with honors in 2011 from ECC.  Justin's commitment to exceptional service and passion for helping others has enabled him to be a standout in his field. Justin is continuing his studies with plans to attend medical school in the future. 

Michael Manka, MD, ECMC: Dr. Manka is a WNY native who graduated from UB Medical School in 1996 and chose to stay in Buffalo for his residency in emergency medicine where he served as chief resident.   He served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Buffalo and has worked as an attending physician in the emergency department at ECMC since 1999.   Over the past 5 years he has held the position of Chief of Service for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  During his time at ECMC, Dr. Manka has enjoyed teaching medical students and residents training in the field of emergency medicine, and has received numerous awards for his efforts.  He is an instructor for the Advanced Trauma Life Support course and an oral examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine.  His research interests focus on trauma care, emergency ultrasound, and emergency department administrative issues and he has presented at numerous national meetings. 

Madonna Lakso, RN, CCRN, ECMC: Madonna Lakso RN, CCRN is a graduate of Trocaire College where she earned her Associates Degree in Nursing in 1987.  She has been an RN in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU) for over 20 years, as both a staff nurse and most recently, as a charge nurse.  Madonna holds her certification as a critical care registered nurse (CCRN) through the American Association of Critical Care nurses (AACN).  She is also an instructor for Advance Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN), a preceptor to new nursing staff and an active and long-standing member of ECMC's Ethics Committee.  In 1999, Madonna was honored as the recipient of the Patricia M. Losi Award which recognizes excellence in critical care nursing. 

Heroes 5k Run & Healthwalk Past Honorees: 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; William Flynn, M.D., Chief of Service, Surgery, ECMC; Dr. Dietrich Jehle, M.D., Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, ECMC; 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. 

ABOUT THE ECMC LIFELINE FOUNDATION: The mission of the ECMC Lifeline Foundation is to support the lifesaving medical mission of ECMC.  In 2011 alone Lifeline provided nearly a million dollars in support to the Medical Campus. ECMC continues its transformation with a renovated ER, our new Mobile Mammography Bus that makes life saving screening available to all women, as well as the Center for Excellence in Transplantation and Kidney Care. Construction continues on our new Long-Term Care Facility and will begin soon on the new Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health. All these initiatives demonstrate our continued commitment to the difference between healthcare and true care.

NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo (716) 898-4300 

EVENT CONTACT: Stacy Roeder (716) 898-5800



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