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Honorees for 2013 Heroes 5K Run, Chase & Healthwalk

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 - ECMC and ECMC Lifeline Foundation is proud to announce honorees of the 2013 Heroes 5K Run, Chase and Healthwalk.  This year's nominees are dedicated, life- saving professionals from the fields of Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services and Pastoral Care. 

The following individuals and groups will be honored September 28, 2013, during the Heroes 5K Run, Chase & Healthwalk in Delaware Park. 

Officer Joseph Hassett, Buffalo Police Department: Acting on a tip from police intelligence; Officer Hassett and fellow officers from the Housing Unit went to check out an area around Eggert and LaSalle for a man with a loaded handgun.  Upon arriving on the scene they spotted the individual in question. As their patrol cars approached the man began to walk away, removing what ppeared to be a handgun from his waist area. Officer Hassett began pursuit on foot while his fellow officers tried to cut him off with their vehicle.  As the suspect tried to scale a fence, Officer Hassett grabbed on, and while holding on to him, the suspect fired a shot that struck officer Hassett in the right leg just below his knee.  Despite the wound Officer Hassett maintained his restraint of the individual; holding him at gunpoint until fellow officers arrived.  A 22 caliber
semi-automatic weapon was recovered, the suspect taken into custody and Officer Hassett rushed to ECMC for treatment of his injuries.  For his perseverance, determination and dedication to duty, Officer Hassett was presented with a Buffalo Police Department Medal of Valor this past June and will be honored this Saturday as our Law Enforcement Hero Honoree. 

Firefighter Jason Czora, Buffalo Fire Department: Jason Czora exemplifies the true spirit of the Buffalo Fire Department.  Without regard to his own well-being, firefighter Czora rushed into a burning home on Roseville Street in Buffalo.  With the structure ablaze and normal access to the house blocked by debris and clutter, Firefighter Czora sprang into action.  Using a trash can found in a nearby alley, Firefighter Czora was able to get into the building through an upper window.  Using a thermal camera he was able to locate a man in a bathtub and pull him to safety.  That victim spent quite some time in the ECMC Burn Unit, but has recovered and will help honor firefighter Czora at the Fireman's Ball next month. ECMC will recognize Firefighter Czora's bravery on Saturday at the Heroes Run, Chase and 5 K. 

David Mangus, EMT, Rural Metro Medical Services: The first line of defense in any emergency medical situation is often times the Emergency Medical Technician.  David Mangus is a
paramedic who stands out among his peers. As field supervisor, Paramedic Mangus responded with the Wolcottsville Fire Company in late February to an ATV accident.  The victim in his 20's had struck a ditch and was sent rolling down an embankment suffering numerous injuries. Dave Mangus helped extradite the young man, then administered advanced life support at the scene and during the drive to a landing zone. From there, Mercy Flight transported the victim to ECMC where he was admitted to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. We are happy to say the victim has recovered from his injuries.  For his pivotal role as part of this life-saving team, Paramedic David Mangus is our 2013 EMT Honoree. 

ECMC Pastoral Care Department Staff: When you think ECMC, the first thought that comes to mind is often Trauma Care.  By ambulance, by Mercy Flight and by choice...accident and trauma victims come to ECMC for care they can get nowhere else from a team of first rate Doctors, Nurses and Staff.  What you may not think of are the people behind the scenes, those in the
background who provide  support to the victims, their families and even the staff. That's why this year ECMC is honoring our Pastoral Care Department.  These men and women are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing comforting care and prayer for the victims while offering
support and a shoulder to lean on for their family and friends.  The actions of these heroes speak louder than their soft words. 

Past Heroes 5K Honorees include: Buffalo Police Department; Buffalo Police SWAT Team; ECMC Police Department; Kevin Hairston, Buffalo Fire Department: Justin Janiga, Rural Metro Medical Services: Michael Manka, MD, Chief of Service, Emergency Department, ECMC: Madonna Lakso, RN, CCRN, Trauma Charge Nurse, ECMC; 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.  

The Heroes 5K Run, Chase & Healthwalk will take place on Saturday, September 28th, 2013, in Delaware Park at Ring Road.  Registration for the event-with $4,000 in Cash Prizes-opens at 8:00 A.M.  The 1.74 mile Chase will begin at 9:30 A.M.  A Heroes welcome with Motorcade including Police, Firefighting, Emergency Vehicles and Air One begins at 9:50 AM. The 9:55 AM Starting Line Ceremony will kick-off the run at 10:00AM.  The un-timed Healthwalk starts at
10:05 A.M.  Awards will be presented during the post-race party with the music of Deja Groove immediately following at 10:45 A.M. 

ABOUT THE ECMC LIFELINE FOUNDATION: The mission of the ECMC Lifeline Foundation is to support the lifesaving medical mission of ECMC.  In 2012 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 of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care. Construction was completed on our new Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility and construction continues on our new Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. All these initiatives demonstrate our continued commitment to the difference between healthcare and true care.


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