All Nominees

Lisa Savakinas

Military: Air Force

I have nominated Ms. Savakinas because she truly the first person I thought of to deserves this. And here’s why she has served 22 years in the Air force and has had to leave me to serve this country. She is a single mom and has had to work for everything she has got and more. I was in a horrible situation and she didn’t even hesitate to help me. She left her marriage to save me she has moved here to help me be in a better place for school and for family. She has done nothing but good to this country and for me. I’m beyond grateful she is here with me and to tell me everything she has learned from the military to help me in life. The military has taught her so much so be where she is today. Thank you for taking this time of your day to read this.

Lt. Colonel Christopher Gemmer

Military: Army

Lt. Colonel Chris Gemmer had served in the Army for 22 years with 3 Middle East deployments . He went in enlisted for a year and put in for OCS , having earned 90 credit hours from Hobart College , Colorado State , and graduated from Troy University in Alabama . Married with 3 children , he earned his MBA from U. of Georgia while working for the Army at Ft. Benning , Georgia .

Christopher Pugh

Military: Army and also a correctional officer

I am nominating my boyfriend Chris Pugh. Chris served in the US Army in Fort Irwin, CA and was designated as an E-4 Specialist in firearms and explosives. After he served our country he started a career in law enforcement as a correctional officer risking his life going to work everyday keeping America's dangerous felons safe behind bars. He was trained as a first responder in the Army and in law enforcement and would help anyone. Chris is truly a family man that goes above and beyond helping others especially family and friends and centers his life around his two children, Presley and Christopher. He puts everyone before himself. I honor Chris because he is kind, compassionate, generous, hardworking, noble and amongst all BRAVE to have served our country. We are honored to call him our true American hero. ❤💙

George Ross

Military: Army

Cause I served in the military for 15 years and I’m a proud Viet Nam veteran. I’ve been teaching school Children about the history of our American flag since 1976. Was soldier of the month in Dec 2020. Always worked with kids .Always helping the older folks around my home.

Max Clifford

First Responder: Volunteer Firefighter West Seneca, NY

My 22 year old son has been a volunteer Firefighter and First Responder at Vigilant Fire Company in West Seneca for the past three years. He was their #1 Top Responder in 202q, responding to 821 calls for assistance. His hand is the first one in the air, for community events and education, Company fundraisers, or clean up and maintenence. He was also elected, by the residents of Fire District 6 in West Seneca, to a one year term as Vigilant's youngest Fire Commissioner. A recent graduate of Erie Community College, Max is really just beginning his adult life; although his positive attitude and sense of duty give him a great head start. He was pleased and proud the day he bought his first car, a previously owned 2012 Chevy Malibu, and has invested in keeping it running safely and smoothly, while saving is earnings; currently employed at Wegmans in West Seneca for a new car. Prior to buying that car, he either borrowed mine to respond to calls for help, or ran from home to the fire hall.

Kalen King

Military: Marine Corps

He’s an Afghanistan and Gulf War veteran who has combat deployed and taken an extreme toll from it. He’s on 7 different prescriptions for ptsd, social anxiety, and chronic depression. He recently moved back home and that’s when we met and connected and I’m working with him everyday to help him feel normal again. Things haven’t been easy for him since being back home, his VA benefits have been on hold and are going to higher review for better compensation, while going through the stressors of that his vehicle actually broke down and left him in a position to where I would have to take him to his appointments and/or his sister if she was available. I hope we can get him this, it would make a great surprise being as I haven’t told him about this nomination!

CRAIG LEHNER

First Responder: K9 UNIT, DIVING UNIT, US Army.

I cannot nominate Craig Lehner because he passed in the line of duty, 2017. I wanted to send this in in order for him to be recognized and not forgotten as many others who gave their lives for others. He joined the United States Army after his junior year of high school and greatly enjoyed his time in the Military Police Corps. Afterward, he said, “I served my country, now I want to serve my community.” He then transitioned to the police force. Craig began in the Gang Suppression Unit, where he won a Mayoral Award for Excellence, and later moved to the K-9 and Dive Teams. He was certified to Dive on site at Guantanamo Bay. If Craig were still alive he would be deserving of this honor, as well as many others. Remember them also. It is an awesome thing that your company is doing, vets and first responders deserve any and all recognition for their commitment to serve others. Thank you.

David Brzozowski

Military: Army

I nominate David, that is a Vietnam Vet and joined the Basil family by purchasing cars and a truck. He has finally retired from work in 2020 at the age of 73.Since then he also is active in he's community with he's post with parades, ceremonies and helping the community. Although he purchase a 2011 Chevy silverado back then and takes care of it. We are hoping for more years to come to enjoy it. I'm sure he would love to see a new one in he's driveway soon!

Edward Botsford

Military: Army

This Vietnam veteran and retired stained glass artist Desperately needs a vehicle. He and his wife live on very small Social Security retirement pensions but despite that their home is a hub for a large group of friends. Everyone wants to be there! Ed would give you the shirt off his back, fixes everybody’s stuff and is available whenever you need an ear or a shoulder to lean on. Neither he nor his wife have working vehicles at present, severely curtailing, well, Life. We All wish we could just buy him a vehicle but none of us are wealthy. This man fought in Vietnam and suffered PTSD as a result, he is a Good man, helps Everybody else and Deserves a break.

Matthew Krupp

Military: Army

Matthew is an Army Veteran he fought in Afghanistan. He is 36 years old. He is kind, compassionate and selfless. The hardest days used to be wonderful if he was going to come home and see family again. He has 3 amazing sons. With the help of prayer and support he was able to come home safe. Now he is striving despite the effects of what he’s gone through and forced to seen and do, he fights PTSD daily, remaining a strong father and husband, coaches little league baseball, football dad, giving his family everything he’s got to make sure theyre happy and successful.

Austin Hartzell

Military: Army

I am nominating my husband because he loves his country and will do anything to protect it. He always goes out of his way to help other veterans or people in general. He is an extremely hard worker and he deserves the world, even though he never asks for anything in return.

Charles Gugino

Military: Navy Seabee

My son enlisted right after 9/11. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraq Freedom. He had 4 tours of duty over seas. He drove in convoys underfire . He said later that a bullet whistled right by his ear while the truck in front of him was blown up. My heart stopped when he told me. But he acted like it was just another day on the job. Very humble.He also drilled water wells and instructed the people how to do it. To become self sufficient

Kellen Crawford

First Responder: City of Buffalo Fire Fighter

He should be nominated because he is a great person first and foremost. He is a loving father of four and is a hard worker who love his family. He took care of his mom before her passing away in 2020 during the covid pandemic while still working his shifts as a fire fighter serving his community and being a dad. I think that is huge and extraordinary for a young man in his 30’s to be so selfless and responsible. It’s no shock he’s a first responder he is responsible, protective, firm but loving an all around solid guy who deserves his flowers now.

Heather Haynes-Mccullom

Military: Navy

She is a great mom, wife, friend and overall person and was all of that while serving our country in the US Navy. She continues to care for her fellow vets at our local VA hospital even after retiring and serving her time in the Navy. She is everything to everybody I couldn’t think of a more deserving vet then her.

Larry Milton

First Responder: Deputy sheriff

Larry is a deputy sheriff at the holding center in Buffalo,NY. He works very hard with some very difficult prisoners. Mostly prisoners with mental illness or drug addiction. He is very calm, fair and caring to them. He has dealt with the worst of the worst fairly. He treats everyone with respect. The facility’s forensic counselors love him. His superiors breathe a sigh of relief when he’s there. I couldn’t be prouder!

Dominic Schrock

First Responder: Ransomville Fire Company

I am nominating my oldest son, Dominic, who is a member of the Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company in Ransomville, NY. He has been dedicated to the company for over 3 years and has responded to calls throughout the height of Covid. During this time especially, he never waivered or questioned his duty to help and serve others in need. Dominic is an Eagle Scout and by nature has always had a heart for kindness, caring and assisting anyone, including 4-legged friends as an owner of 2 rescue dogs too. He works hard, 6 days a week, at his full-time job as a truck/big-rig driver and always finds time each week to spend time with his family and friends. There's nothing he won't do when called upon or sees, and he makes me and his father very proud every day.

James Mclaughlin sr

Military: Air Force

I think my dad deserves a new car is because is always there for the veterans. He is the commander at the vfw in Warsaw .

Matthew Till

Military: NAVY

He is a navy veteran and a good guy that’s always willing to help others in need! As well as A Hard working father with another little one on the way that could use a a big win!

Megha Mercuri

First Responder: Corrections Officer

This young lady, my daughter is a corrections officer for the state of NY. She works at Albion prison. She is one of the hardest working young woman that I have ever met. Her and her wife have 3 kids that are busy with activities and always running around. She has about an hour drive to work and another one back home. When she first got her car she leased it and then she was surprised to be called to become a corrections officer and had to drive across state for training and for her first assignments. Her car took a huge hit was lots of mileage. When it was time to turn her car in, it was way over mileage so she had no choice but to buy it and is still paying on it. It breaks down so much. I worry about her driving so far to work. She needs a new car, but owes so much on this car that she is stuck. She is one of the most giving persons I ever met and would love to see her get a break!!!

Tyler Mallaber

Military: Airforce

I am nominating Tyler Mallaber because he served 6 years at Ramstein Air base Germany. While away from family and friends He was on deployment Tyler earned the Chief Master Sargents coin and the Secretary of Defense Chuck Nagle coin. These were earned for successfully evacuating 75 Diplomates from Jordan. Tyler married a local Girl Stephanie Barnack and now has 3 children Samantha 5, Grayson 4 and Jennipher 1. Tyler and Stephanie live in Hamburg now and raise their children. Tyler drives a 2003 Colorado avalanche with 278,000 miles on it. He deserves to have a better vehicle so he can spend more time with his family enjoying life and raising his children instead of always fixing his truck. Tyler is a proud veteran, husband, father and always helping family and friends. He even drove 3 hrs to delta lake last year July 4th weekend to fix my fuel pump in the parking lot. Please consider Tyler, help make his life better for all that he’s done for our country, family, and friends.

Matthew Till

Military: Navy

Matthew served his country for 4 years, he is a perfect example of what an American should be. He is well liked by everyone who meets him. I trust him completely and am proud to know him. Matthew has a 2 year old daughter and a son is expected the beginning of June. His young family would benefit from a vehicle for a vet!!

Mike Botham

First Responder: Town of Tonawanda Paramedic and SWAT

Mike is a genuinely awesome person. He not only is a Town of Tonawanda paramedic but also SWAT. He is also working for Twin City ambulance (perdiem). He is at community events (sometimes on bicycle for parades etc), on the field at high school sporting events and has helped me personally with my dad on many calls. He is always available to help anyone at work or on a day off. The most dedicated first responder I know, and I have met a lot of them throughout my dads illness the last few years.

Ruddy Rodriguez Barone

First Responder: Paramedic for The Town of Tonawanda Police Dept.

I am nominating Ruddy because he is the most giving person I know. I have known Ruddy for over 22 years. He gives everything to support his children and his friends. Ruddy is a true gift. For a long time Ruddy has been without a vehicle and walks or takes an Uber to get to work or run his errands. Ruddy has the biggest heart, and most amazing infectious smile. His patients, co-workers and the residents of The Town of Tonawanda are so lucky to know him. I know he will not be happy knowing I sent this, but there is nobody more deserving of this great opportunity.

Timothy Kilanowski

Military: United States Army

My husband has a car that keeps braking down now he has no vehicle to get back and forth to the VA for his appointments he served for the United States army

Michele Morris

First Responder: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Michele work very hard to makes ends meet but has a tough time because her first responder job doesn’t not make it easy to make the ends meet. Her job is draining, can be depressing at times and many people tend not to respect what she and other first responders do. She loves helping people. She works full time at a paid service but also volunteers for a fire company. She would love to continue her education and become a nurse but find it tough financially and due to time. She leased a vehicle to try to keep expenses lower and still have a reliable vehicle but is barely able to maintain her payments and fears she’ll go over her mileage.

Jack Olsen

Military: Air Force

Jack has been a positive role model for men and boys in WNY for most of his life. Jack served in Vietnam in 1969 and has lived in the Pembroke area since he was honorably discharged. He has been a Boy Scout leader and unofficial chaplain for over 30 years and volunteered his time with jail ministry at the Genesee County Jail, Warrior House which provides community services to disabled veterans and in the PTSD clinic at the Batavia VA Medical Center. He always gives whatever he can and never expects anything in return and as a result he has positively impacted many lives of fellow WNYers when they needed support. I strongly recommend Jack for this honor, thank you!

Kevin Schmitt jr

First Responder: Police and corrections officer

Hello I am nominating my son. He has been in law enforcement since he was 19 years old he started off in Sarasota fl as a deputy sheriff he worked there for ten years Before he moved back to buffalo to help take care of me cause I was really sick and his mother needed help. My son then got a job in New York State corrections. In 2017 my heart broke my son was attacked at ecmc watching an inmate. He was hit over the head with a 125 monitor and beaten really bad. He got a brain injury lost all feeling down his right arm and a bad hip and neck injury I think the worst of all is his ptsd. It’s horrible My heart breaks for him. It’s been 5 years and he struggles everyday. He lost his career due to his injury’s he lost his marriage. The kid has lost everything but manages to still stay strong. He has tons of awards he was always the first in and last to leave. I am so proud of him. I think he should be a nominee

Scott Allison

Military: Marine

I’m nominating my father because he gave many years to the marine core and worked his way up to a Sargent and then a recruiter. Life took a turn and his dad got sick so he had to leave the military unexpectedly. He has been a hard worker all his life and always puts everyone else first. Along with many others, he deserves this.

Neoma Post

Military: Marine

She’s a friend

Robert Wistner, Jr.

Military: US Navy

Robert was in the US Navy for seven years and loved every minute of it. He always says he would have stayed in forever, except he fell off a helicopter he was repairing, was severely hurt, and received a medical discharge. Robert is very humble and doesn’t have a lot of money. He paints houses for people for extra money. He is currently driving a 2003 Chevy Blazer that is totally rusted, is leaking something, and the doors are falling off. Whenever he gets ahead, something happens to his Blazer and needs repairs, so he then finds himself behind in his bills. Robert always helps people even when he should be keeping the money for himself. On many occasions, he has given money to his mom or to co-workers who were having a difficult time making ends meet. He currently is trying to save for a new vehicle, but that fund has very little in it. I bought him a license plate that says, “7 YR VET”. He loves how strangers always thank him for his service or salute him while driving.

Joshua Larsen

Military: US Marine Corp Veteran and Current Volunteer Firefighter

I am nominating Joshua Larsen (He served for 8 years as a US Marine) the Marine Corp instilled something in him and he is the man he is today because of being a Marine! He chose to be a volunteer firefighter, he is also a Journeyman Wireman electrician, and also owns a business called "Primitive Patriot Outdoors" the future goal of his business is through sales/events to raise money and bring disabled veterans on their accommodated dream hunting/fishing trips (for free) ! He is always about helping others and never about himself. One thing is HAS had issues with through this journey is his truck, it always acts as a set back for him. Winning a reliable vehicle would help not only him- but the people around him that he helps every day. Being a volunteer means he uses his own vehicle to arrive at the scene of accidents, fires, etc. He is truly deserving of this and would never ask for a hand out in his life time. But I truly know this would help him more than he would like to admit.

Ashley Love

Military: Air National Guard

I am nominating Ashley Love because she is a selfless person who loves her country. While still working at the Niagara Falls Air Base, Ashley has finished law school. She is a 2021Tillman Scholar (please look her up) and a domestic abuse survivor. Upon passing the Bar Exam, Ashley will provide free legal services for women and families trapped in abusive situations. Quite frankly, I doubt that she would accept a vehicle even if she were chosen- that is the kind of person she is. The reason I am nominating her is to share with you that there are people who are quietly working to give back and make a difference. She survived a horrible marriage—leaving with just her clothes and a few other possessions, and has rebuilt her life. She is an inspiration and I wanted you to be aware of her story. Thank you.

Paul Fardink

First Responder: Assistant Chief, Kennedy Fire Dept

Asst Chief Fardink goes above and beyond with not just Fire Scenes, but EMS calls, rescues, and accident scenes. He is always willing to train new members and assist everyone with any task required.

James Nowack

Military: Army

I am nominating my father because when he served in the Vietnam war he was drafted. He still fought fkr his country with everything he had even though there were many protesters and haters. He didn't have a choice, but he served with his head held high. Upon return home, unfortunately, his barvery was not rewarded witb appreciation, but with spit and hatred. He is and always will be my Hero!

Lorne Carey

Military: US Army Veteran (Disabled)

I am writing as Commander of the Milton J Brounshidle American Legion Post in Kenmore, NY, to request consideration for Life Changing assistance that you may be able to offer to a US Army Veteran who is a Single Amputee by the name of Lorne Carey. Lorne has experienced homelessness and currently lives day to day in Veterans Housing. I have come to know without question that one of his biggest challenges is transportation. (to and from Dr Appointments, Shopping for Food, Time spent with other Veterans) While longing for independence, Lorne is reluctant to ask for assistance negotiating rides. Just as an example he obtained estimates of $46 for a Taxi to drive him to one event at our Legion Post which is just shy of 5 Miles one-way or $92 roundtrip. Lorne life would dramatically benefit by having his own transportation. I am requesting consideration given as the impact would have a drastic effect on Lorne' Moral and his quality of his life. Sincerely, Ted Balbierz, Commander

Timothy Degenhardt

Military: Cannon Crewman 13 Bravo

He is a veteran of the 🪖 Army and a veteran of our 33 year marriage and a doting son,father,nephew and friend to many.He retired from his 28 year career as a care provider and was a professional clown who did magic shows for children,schools and churches and the police department.He was also Santa Claus for the kids at Christmas. He is truly worthy of his status as a veteran first class who needs a new vehicle. His truck is old and rusty. Please consider Timothy William Degenhardt for Vehicles for Veterans 2022. He is truly deserving of this honor.

David Wilds

First Responder: Army/Firefighter

David is a hard worker. He volunteered for the Army and has been a firefighter for over 25 years. He supports his family and friends. He is always helping family and friends. Helping fix whatever and cutting grass and clearing snow. Gas prices and inflation hits hard. I think having a newer vehicle will help him and his family. This will show someone deserving that good does go around.

Greg Ostrander

Military: Army

Greg is disabled Viet Nam veteran who was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart . He spent 8 months in various hospitals before being honorably discharged. Since then he has had cancer thanks to Agent Orange . He had a heart attack and blood clots in both lungs in the past 9 years. He refuses to give up and is always looking for something to do. He is great guy and very loving to his family. He is always willing to help anyone if he can .

Dean Voelker

Military: Army

I feel my dad should be nominated because he is so incredibly selfless. My dad is always willing to help and be there for others, so I would love to see him be nominated and to have the opportunity to give back to him for all he has done for his family and his country.

Larry Milton

First Responder: Erie County Sheriff

My Dad was a member of the military back when he was younger & now he is an erie county sheriff stationed at the erie county holding center. He has served our country & our community for most of his life & he deserves nothing but the best! He works long hours every week & is one of the best at what he does.

Paige Sultemeier

First Responder: EMT

I am nominating Paige because of her hard work ethic and dedication to her job. She loves her job because she gets to help people in need and save lives. She excels in responding to emergencies and knows how to take charge in all situations. She is a strong independent women that always lends a helping hand.

Aurora Sultemeier

First Responder: EMT

My mom is the hardest working person I know. She worked constantly throughout covid, risking her health and safety, and she continues to do so after it’s calmed down. She is my inspiration.

Larry Milton

Military: Army

He is an amazing person who would help anyone at any time and wouldnt hesitate to give the shirt off his back. He is an amazing person, husband, father, grandfather, veteran and now current Sheriff's Deputy at the County Jail. He is a true servant leader.

Tara Whitfield

Military: Marines

I nominate tara because she has fought so many battles in her life she's battling glaucoma she took guardianship of our little brothers that our mother adopted and earned her Doctoral degree

John Anderson

Military: Marine Corps

John has given 8 years of his life right out of high school to the Marine Corps. He was injured while deployed in a combat zone. Returned stateside to heal and continued his duty as a recruiter, but due to injury was forced out medically. He’s worked 12hr swing shifts to provide for his family and has driven a rusting car that’s in major need of repair/replacement. He’s never asked for help but gives the shirt of his back for anyone in need. Please consider him for this grand gesture.

Tyler Walker

First Responder: Firefighter

I am nominating my son Tyler Walker, He is a 19 yr old Senior in high school. He is also a Lewiston #1 volunteer firefighter, and taking classes to be a paid firefighter one day, while also working part-time at Basil in Niagara Falls as a tire and lube tech, i am just extremely proud of him for working so hard to achieve his goals. Tyler has been a hero to me as for in October his grandparents house caught on fire, and Tyler as well as a police officer pulled he out window, to save her. This was the same week he got accepted into fire company, Tyler did not get recognition he deserved as everyone praised the police officer for saving her on every news channel, Thank you for considering Tyler

Daniel Pizarro

Military: Army

He is one of the most loving and compassionate person I know. He puts others first before himself. He is a father of three loving sons and a faithful husband of 36 years. He is a retired Pastor of Refuge temple of Christ WS. He has built a community church on the west side of Buffalo. Daniel is also a phenomenal bass player in a band called Ephesians 415

Jennifer Soreng

Military: Marine Corps

I am nominating my girlfriend Jen because she is a stay at home mom, a disabled vet, a volunteer firefighter/ EMT, a volunteer for a local dog rescue agency, and an all around bad ass!! She loves her family and her fur babies, shes such a strong and loving person, and loves helping people and animals. She does work some on the side, but mainly relies on the disability payments and sometimes money gets tight between the two of us, so its hard to invest it back into her SUV when it needs work. It still is a decent vehicle; but lately and not to far into the past, we have had to make some necessary repairs for safety purposes, luckily we have been able to manage. I often try to do what work I can on my own, sometimes with the help of my father to help keep costs down. It would be a relief to her to have a brand new, and much more reliable vehicle to tote the family and dogs around.

Adam LaFalce

Military: Army veteran

He has worked very hard for our family over the years and it would be nice for him to win this. My husband was a combat engineer in the army and put his life on the line everyday. He was deployed to Iraq for 1 year from 2009-2010. I was 5 months pregnant with out oldest son when he left for deployment, he was able to come home for the birth and was home for 2 weeks, and then was gone again until our son was 8 moths old. Adam is a hard worker and always makes sure we have what we need. I want to try to win this for him. Thank you for the chance to win another car

Cameron Mabb

Military: Army

Cameron was medically retired for injuries sustained in combat. He is an amazing father and husband and would be willing to give the shirt off his back to help others in need. His truck is close to 100,000 miles and would be more than deserving for a new vehicle.

Dean Timmerman

Military: United States Marine Corps

My husband is a proud Marine Corps veteran that works hard everyday to provide for our family. The gift of this vehicle would release a great financial burden on him. He is close to his and my family always lending a hand to my parents and siblings. He would be forever greatful for this vehicle. Semper Fi pleased pick Cpl Dean J Timmerman for this honor.

Thomas Bummer

Military: Marines

We are nominating our son for All he has done for us and all he has accomplished so far in his life . Things have not always been easy for him with my illness , but we tried to make the best of things . We always made sure he did excellent in school and he did with Honors all the way through. At the age of 14 he started finding ways to make his own money and worked for a neighbor . He was building vehicles with his dad around the same time . This has lead him to the love of cars and motorcycles. His Junior year he decided he wanted become a Marine while we where at dinner one nite , so I called the recruiter right then and there before I would say no . So Thomas went on to be a Poole till he graduated High School in 2017. Then we got hit hard his Junior ur when my husband had what they call the widow maker . Thankfully he pulled through but it was a hard road . My husband was out of work and then let go from his job . So we only able to give him our old dodge truck it now has over 300,

Dean Voelker

Military: Army

I’m nominating my dad because she has always been there for me and my family and I would like to have the opportunity to give back to him. My dad would be a good nominee because he has struggled his whole life with health and financial issues. He currently owns a 20+ year vehicle and is having trouble getting from place to place. I hope consider my dad.

Jacob Kuznik

Military: CPL USMC

My son joined the military while he was a junior in high school and left right after graduation. My son is selfless and determined to do all he can do to defend our country. As his mom naturally I’m very proud of him but as an American there is no one else I would want defending me

Adam Farinas

First Responder: Fireman for Niagara Falls

I am nominating my husband because not only does he save lives as a fireman he also served his country as a US Marine as well. He's a natural hero and without question deserves a chance to receive this car.

Mike Mosier

Military: Air Force

Mike is very dedicated to his community and family. He joined the Aur Force right out of high school and served in the Red Horse Squadron helping and rebuilding war and destitute countries. Once out and we moved back to the Buffalo area he joined the Scranton Volunteer Fire Dept and is now EMS captain. Plus a new vehicle would help greatly due to his truck is literally falling apart. He is a blue collar all american man. Proud to call him my husband.

Bradley Carter

Military: Marine corps

As young adult Bradley was a member of our local ambulance crew. He saved many lives and even delivered a baby. He’s a natural born hero. After the death of his grandfather Bradley could have ended up on the wrong path, but he chose to honor his country and join the Marine’s. From 2007 to 2013 he served honorably in several tours overseas including In Iraq and Afghanistan. As an explosive dog handler he saw some of the very worst that war had to offer. He lost many of his brothers in arms, and fought on in their honor. After a serious explosion Bradley experienced a traumatic brain injury ultimately leading to his being totally and permanently disabled from the Marine Corps. To this day he proudly honors those he lost, the ones still standing, the ones still fighting and the veterans like himself. He gives back any way he can. From helping an older veteran fix their porch to working with harts for hero’s and even attending suicide prevention groups at the VA.

Robert Cornelius

First Responder: Volunteer Firefighters

Rob is my brother and has been a part of Frontier Volunteer Fire Co. Since he was 17. He has had hundreds of calls over his time with Frontier- one call was every firefighters nightmare. While on a call at Sawyer Gardens his fellow firefighter and cousin lost his life. (I believe it was August of 2000 or 2001) I remember he was one of the pallbearers because he rode the same truck. It was absolutely heartbreaking for ALL of Frontier, since the are a close knit group. There was never a question in his mind to quit. I believe it drove him harder. I just know that he is an absolutely amazing firefighter, father, and person. I couldn't be more proud of my brother! He has two children Aurora whos 16 & Faith who is 11.

Elias Patterson

Military: Marines

Col. Elias Patterson has an his honorable discharge from the US Marine Corp, and I feel he should be recognized for his service as a Marine, and as a good all around person. Recently, he had a work related injury and was out of work for several months. Prior to that he volunteered all of his free time assisting our Uncles Program in my community. After his injury, he was very limited in the capacity he could help, but always offered donations, or whatver support he could manage during that time. He recently has been able to get back to doing night patrols on the weekends. He is always looking out for my community members. He doesn't live here, but still takes great pride in our community. He is a good son, brother and uncle to his family, being thoughtful, generous with his time, loving, and supportive in any way he can. He is exemplary as a solid, good, loving and thoughtful human being. He is always giving his time in the background, behind the scenes, and deserves recognition.

Victoria Siracuse

First Responder: Police

Young hardworking woman who has never had a new vehicle.

Kevin Dalton

First Responder: Paramedic, Police, and former Fireman

Kevin is both a paramedic for AMR as well as a local police officer. He is also a former volunteer fireman. Kevin has been servicing our community since high school when he was a fireman. That service led into EMT work and on to becoming a paramedic. While working full time as a paramedic he attended the police academy and began working as a police officer part time. Kevin is dedicated to his service work. He continues to work both jobs in our local community and is always ready to take action. Kevin has saved many lives and has made a significant difference in our community.

Michael Korhummel

First Responder: Volunteer Fire Chief

Mike has been a volunteer fireman for over 27 years. He has been the Fire Chief for about 10 years now. Mike is a dedicated individual that is ready to help another at any time. He spent countless days helping others during the November storm. Days without sleep or proper food; which led him to become ill and hospitalized. Time if day, severity of the event, or place of need does not stop him. Mike is, has been, and will always be on the ready to help others. He deserves recognition.

Kevin Dalton

First Responder: Paramedic/police officer

Kevin has been a paramedic for over 20 years and a part-time officer for seven. Kevin has gone above and beyond his duties in every aspect of life. He was a single father of three and eight years ago he took on two more who were without a dad. He has done everything possible to make sure he is there for the kids while processing his most stressful days. He has a way with pediatric patients to make them feel comfortable on some of their worst days as well as provide care and comfort for all others. Just recently Kevin was put on light duty after saving a patient from jumping out of the ambulance with a semi behind them. The patient is alive to see another day and Kevin was left with having surgery to repair a complete tear in his thumb. Whether it be saving a life, bringing someone back to life, providing the best care possible or being the best Dad he can, I know am not alone when I say, we would like to see Kevin rewarded for being a hero in so many eyes.

Taylor Dolan

Military: Air Force

My daughter all I can say is WOW. She is 23 and has already earned her veterans status. She worked around the clock during the Covid Pandemic. Was deployed to NYC to help with retrieving the deceased bodies during the beginning of Covid. She is also on the Honor Guard team showing her respect to the family and military members who served our country after they pass. She joined the Air Force 4 years ago in honor of her cousin who was killed in Iraq in 2006. He was 18 years old. She is a member of the Search and Rescue Team and is always ready to be called out for any missions. She loves her job and will continue to serve our country with pride until she is no longer able to do so. I am so proud to say she is my daughter and she is so proud to wear the uniform

Nathan Southworth

First Responder: emt

for many developing years Nate has been in a firemans family and proudly followed in his g-fathers,fathers, and uncles foot steps. then he became and emt for rural metro,and never hesitates to help anyone in need.now working for amr

Marcus Seastedt

Military: Army, MOS 13F

I am nominating my son Marcus Seastedt who is an active Army Private Second Class stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He joined in 2021, 1 month after his grandpa Frank passed away. He is carrying on the military legacy of both of his grandfathers, Frank who was in the Army during the Vietnam era and Bob who was in the Navy during WWII. Marcus bought his 1st vehicle from Basil in Fredonia this past winter while he was home on leave. At 1:30am, on May 27th, he was involved in a hit and run accident about 20 minutes off base in Texas and today has learned that his vehicle was totaled by the insurance company. Before Marcus joined the Army, he worked 2 jobs here at home while attending college full time and had saved up almost $3000 which he used as the down payment. He also just put $1500 of his tax return toward the principle Payment of his car loan. He spent his 1st year in the Army without a vehicle and after only having his vehicle for 5 months, finds himself without one again.

Daniel Hargrave

Military: USMC

I am nominating my husband Sgt. Daniel Hargrave. The reason for this nomination is his continued selflessness even with his health issues. In August of 2018 he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. Throughout his treatments he was still the rock and backbone of our family. Fast forward to the summer of 2020 and we were told he was now stage 4. Even with this heart wrenching diagnosis, his fight has been unwavering. He’s continued to push forward through chemo, radiation and surgeries. When he was diagnosed, we had to buy a vehicle quickly to ensure he made it to all treatments. Needless to say after 9 months, we realized it wasn’t a good purchase and isn’t dependable. We still have almost 2 years of payments on it, and in order to get him to Buffalo VAMC for some appts, we borrow a family members car to make the trips. A new vehicle would help us tremendously in making sure we have a dependable vehicle for any future medical appointments. Thank you for the opportunity to nominate.

Kimberly Zlotek

Military: Army

My daughter did eight years in the army. She did a tour over seas in Iraq in 2003-2004. She is a single mother who went to serve our country. She has become an amazing soldier who now works as a correctional officer for the state and has a toddler who could use a bigger vehicle

Michael Kozlowski

Military: Army

Michael joined the Army at the age of 18. He served two tours in Afghanistan with his wife and very young daughter left behind in Fort Polk. On his second tour, Michael sustained injuries due to an insurgents missel striking the base, right outside of his barracks. Due to his injuries, Michael's career as a firefighter with the Army was ended. He left the Army with an honorary discharge and became a volunteer fire fighter/EMT in his home town in Sloan. Unfortunately his marriage ended in divorce but Michael kept on and found the love of his life at his work place. He is now the proud husband of Mykayla and has an additional son and daughter, has moved to the City of Tonawanda where he is a Volunteer Fire fighter/EMT, is a volunteer with the Wounded Veterans and participates in the Memorial Rides for Veterans with another Veterans group. Although he is only thirty years old, he has experienced so much at this young age, suffers from PTSD and works through so much. He continues to serve.

Matthew Mosier

First Responder: Emt/Volunteer Firefighter

I would like to nominate my son Matthew who is a first responder. Matthew is a 17 year old who has already done more than most adults. He worked hard to graduate school early in January at the same time as he obtained his EMT certification. Matthew belongs to Woodlawn fire dept and since joining the past couple months, he has reached top.10 responder all while working a full time and a part-time job. Matthew helps foster dogs from hill kill shelters from all over the country. He is involved in helping with Ems trainings. He wakes up all hours of the night to attend calls and help others. Matthew volunteers his time at the local train station when they do excursions, he assists the Erie County Badge and Shield club with their awards banquet. Matthew has previously won an award from them for helping to save a drowning victim. He is following in my footsteps...I myself am a single mom, veteran, court officer, emt, instructor and volunteer Firefighter. I am very proud of his hard work.

Nancy Strand

First Responder: Nurse

My mother has been a nurse for over 40 years taking care of everyone from pre-mature babies to elderly people in the nursing home. Her last job was at an infusion center helping people get their medication. As of March of this year she was diagnosed with stage 4 Stomach cancer. She was forced to retire from the profession she loves and lives for. At the end of this year her lease is up and then she will no longer have a car. Without working she won't be able to buy a car.

Howard Leach

First Responder: Recent Past Fire Chief

May 31,2022 marked the last day Howard held the position of Dresden New York Fire Chief/line Officer for 30 years. He has had red lights on his vehicle for that long. He took them off Wednesday morning June 1,2022 for the first time and it was sad for him. Howard has never had a truck that wasn’t a kinda rust bucket, all though always working his hardest he always prided himself in putting his daughters and wife first. Howard has recently been diagnosed with Ankylosis Spondylitis and will not be able to hold a position such as Chief again. He is proud to stay a member and will now be Vice President of the Department. He has been extremely involved in all aspects of the County, helping to develop the Yates County Hazmat Team that works with other Counties in Hazmat situations. Howard’s daughters and myself could not agree more that he is a selfless man who not only deserves a new vehicle but so much more. Thank you, from a very proud and honored wife of 33 years Becky

Charles Mccooey

Military: Army

I feel that my dad should be nominated because he had such a big part in the military and he now suffers from PTSD and struggles everyday and financially he would really benefit from a new car his has alot of issues and he cannot afford to get it fixed right now.

Fred Allen

Military: Marine

He’s a retired marine who loved serving his country. He loves to share joy and laughter with his friends and family to brighten their day. He doesn’t have a car and I know he can use one and what better way than to nominate him in this contest

Vincent Crampton

Military: Marine

Vince is a retired marine. He loves his country, his family and his friends. He spreads joy with his smile, his charm and laughter where ever he can. He does anything and everything for anyone when he can. Vince would rather help someone to see them smile than do for him. He hasn’t had a new car in 20 years!

Cheyanne Kurzweg

Military: Marine Corps

Cheyanne is the most driven individual I know. She always puts other first and will be the first to back up anyone. She is an amazing mother to two boys, and is always giving 100% towards raising them. She was an outstanding Marine, displaying the highest form of Honor, Courage, and commitment, implementing it into everything she does. Even as a Veteran she still holds true to the commitment and courage of the Corps. She will give the shirt off her back for anyone in need and it isn’t often she receives the same treatment. This would be an absolute honor for her and such a stress off her back having her own car to take her children to and from places and make it to her own VA appointments without needing help from anyone else!

Cheyanne Kurzweg

Military: United States Marine Corps

From the time I met Cheyanne to where we are in life now she's always been a motivator. She's the one that's there to push you to the goal and sometimes that comes with sacrifice. Cheyanne survived and incredible feat... being an active duty single parent. Being a mother is something I will never understand being a parent yes but a mother no. Being alone is a difficult task but Cheyanne figured it out and pushed through regardless of her situation. I would like to nominate her because I know deep down the sacrifices she makes everyday, to give to her and her family would be an amazing relief so please select Cheyanne Kurzweg United States Marine.

Cheyanne Kurzweg

Military: USMC

They have done a lot within their community and while they served. They always made sure to go above and beyond the call of duty. She always makes sure that everyone is taken care of before herself.

Jack Frawley

Military: USMC

A true American hero, who made the ultimate sacrifice of serving his country when it was needed most

Felicia Cruz

Military: Marines

My daughter is a Marine vet , served in combat. She has dedicated her life to being a community activist , community leader, social worker and advocate. She took in her nephew and raised him while being a single parent herself with one child. She never asked for anything and deserves something nice.

Raymond Wendling

Military: Navy

I am nominating my dad, Raymond Wendling. He served in the Navy where he learned how to be a mechanic. When my mom and dad had my sister, she was born disabled. My mom became her caregiver and was unable to work. They adapted, but my dad always worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. With my dad’s experience as a mechanic, he is able to make vehicles last longer, but their primary vehicle is on its last leg. They have been working to save for a newer vehicle, but the economy has been working against them. If my dad was lucky enough to be gifted a vehicle, the money they have been working so hard to save could be put to other use. My dad is the most thoughtful, hardworking man I know. He always puts his family first. Even though he just turned 60 years old, he continues to give his time and unconditional love to my sister who lives with him and my mom. He has sacrificed so much for me and my sister, and I just know that this vehicle would lift such a heavy weight off of his shoulders.

Justin Proudman

First Responder: Police, volunteer firefighter

Justin always puts others before himself. He has made a positive impact on so many lives...I feel he deserves it.

Michael Martino

Military: Air Force

Michael Martino is a WNY native who joined the Air Force in 1996. He served 20 honorable years and retired in 2016. During his military career he was a C130 flight engineer. He completed 6 tours in Afghanistan and 2 tours in Iraq. He has over 2000 combat flying hours and was awarded the Air Medal 6x. After retiring he continued serving his community by becoming a volunteer firefighter and EMT. After the recent mass shootings he wanted to help even more so he applied and was accepted for a security position with a High School in Kenmore.

Don Murawski

Military: Marine corps

My dads a marine veteran He’s been without a vehicle for the past three years maybe four years, he’s got two grandchildren that he’s never got to meet because he can’t drive down here to see them he lives on Social Security he deserves it more than anybody I know

Jonathan Meyers

Military: Army

My husband served as active duty for 5 years. He is currently still serving in the national guard and could use something reliable to help get him to and from each drill every month safely. He was recently activated to go help protect our capitol during the riots and have taken any opportunity to activate when needed.

Kenneth Chudoba

Military: Air Force

Ken has been proudly serving our country for 14 years, over 11 years active duty and currently in the reserves. With each promotion he has found new ways to better the people around him and ensuring his teammates feel encouraged and supported. He is selfless in his efforts, always making sure the needs of others are taken care of before his own. Even on his off time he has mentored refugees helping them acclimate to their new homes in the US. He has a tremendous gratitude towards the life he has lived and strives to allow those same benefits and feelings to others. What I admire most about Ken is that he was never asked to serve, it wasn't expected he does it because of the value he sees in the military's efforts, to help others. There are many vets that are deserving of this amazing opportunity and I know Ken would simply appreciate just being nominated.

Philip Mocniak

First Responder: Correctional officer

My husband is one of the most hard working men. He hasn't called in sick (besides COVID) in 2 years. Last October he responded to a suicide and rendered cpr immediately. He still has nightmares Abt not being able to safe the individual. He's well respected and kind to all. I feel he deserves something nice because he's always taking care of us and never worrying Abt himself.

Antonio Shine

Military: Army

He is a medically retired vet who is a father and is a dog lover he has a limited income but will give the shirt off his back for anyone he mows the lawns and shoves for his neighbors at no cost because of his sense of community he actively mentors the children in the command encourages them to do what the need to do in school and life to be good people

Latisha Lane

First Responder: Nurse

She worked though the pandemic often 12 hr days missing time with her two boys all wile going to school to advance her nursing degree she has covid twice and has over 30k in student loans and a reliable car would help her so much a car note in another bills this singe mom doesn’t need she is selfless often going above and vey for her patients and asking for nothing in return she is currently out of work with a torn rotator cuff and is volunteering to help with the community in the wake of the deadly shootings and Juneteenth festivities with her nurses organization Buffalo black nurses

Richard Jasinski

Military: Navy

My husband is retired from the navy . He has almost 40 years of sobriety and he puts on a lot of miles on his Jeep Compass going to AA meetings . He has helped so many people who needed help . He really needs a new car but I know he owes too much for a trade ! He loved to serve his country and he loves continuing to serve those who need help . I am so proud of him , we could really use a new car , which he has gotten this jeep from Basil ! Please consider him for a well deserved veteran who rode submarines for nearly 21 years !! Sincerely, Suzanne Jasinski , married 43 years!!

Ryan Courteau

Military: Army medic, retired sherif, paramedic, volunteer fireman

Ryans a western New York based army medic and full time paramedic also does volunteer ems and firefighting he’s a huge inspiration to everyone he talks to and pushes people to do their best. He’s deploying to Africa until may of 2023 and would be in shock if he came home to a new truck. His truck he has now isn’t running too good but he doesn’t care because he uses it to respond to ems calls and fire calls. He’s the best person you could go to for life advice and cares about everyone no matter what. He’s a hero to many including myself and definitely deserves the popularity

Eric Hill

Military: Army

Eric graduated high school in 2002, joined the army right out of high school and served in Iraq for 1 year after 911 happened. He is a kind, giving man who would help anyone. He has never asked for anything and works hard to support his family.

Cheyanne Kurzweg

Military: Marines

Great person raising 2 children was great in the Marine Corps. The car would really help her with getting to work and back to support her children

john Stineman

Military: Army

This person has been a awesome, outstanding, true American and will be turning 65 in october. He has dedicated more than most men for everything he touches, he truly deserves to be recognized for his acomplishments, and I believe he would appreciate a new vehicle. Did I also say he has been disabled since 2006'.

Caitlin Vazquez

Military: Army

She care goes out of her way to help other ...she give people ride to and from work and doesnt ask for anything in return she always helping the family and community she donate 2x a week for our local food pantry she also couch her son tball team and still has time to help my mom when she was rly ill and her leg was getting infect she took hr to clean and make sure it was going to be ok as well ask cooked her a meal and offered to wash and style her hair

Malysa Battaglia

Military: ARMY

Malysa has dedicated the last 13 years of her life to this nation. During this time, she has selflessly dedicated her time mentoring and leading 100’s of service members. She started her career at the lowest ranks, and due to her dedication and perseverance, she climbed the ranks and is now an officer rank of 1st lieutenant. Malysa obtained her commission through Canisius College while also attending full time at the University at Buffalo to gain her bachelors and masters degree. While Malysa was doing all of that, she had newborn twins at home that she was providing for. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Malysa has been on orders assisting New York State in controlling the Coronavirus. She was first stationed in Long Island and then Camp Smith in Poughkeepsie, Ny which is more than 6 hours away. During that time she was making numerous trips back and forth to see her two children. Adding mileage and costly repairs to her car. She deserves to be honored.

Joe Rodriguez

First Responder: Buffalo fire dept

This guy saves lives and gives back to military by donating as well as bieng a great family man and great guy all around. This guy deserves to be recognized and this is the best way I know how

Vincent Mattoni

Military: Marines

My Papa is an honored Marines veteran, but also a Catholic priest. He’s 82 y/o, owns a local church, healthy as can be, & is absolutely, my number 1 best friend. All his life he’s wanted to help people, care for others & make a difference in the world. He may put other peoples needs before his, but my Papa always comes 1st in my book. That is why I’m nominating him to receive this gift, I truly believe he deserves it. P.S : His van is going “kapootz” as he would say!

Taryn Duesen

First Responder: EMT

She is an young EMT whom works full time and works overtime as much as she can. She also attend school online part time. I have never met a more driven young lady than her. She is one of strongest people I know. She cares about her patients, and Is very personable with them as much as she is allowed to be. Taryn has had to constantly prove herself to the world that she can do whatever she puts her mind to. I am very proud of her everyday for her accomplishments

Kevin Schmitt

First Responder: Police officer

Kevin is a great guy who was attacked and badly hurt on duty. He's a father and a good friend who deserves more then life has given him.

Lisa Spencer

First Responder: Firefighter and treasurer

Lisa has been involved with her Volunteer Fire Company for at least 15 years. She followed in the footsteps of her family. Her mom and dad had around 40 years service to the community and their local fire departments. Whether it be responding to fires or were working the ambulance Lisa has provided many years of community service. Last year she lost her mother due to horrific accident where she was killed in the line of duty. And she was run over by a fire truck while she was directing traffic. The family has endured much suffering and right now Lisa is in dire need of a different vehicle. She will help anyone so that is why I am nominating her.

Jack Waugaman

Military: Marines

My father has exemplified selfless sacrifice to me. Through serving in the Marines to going into and retiring from law enforcement, he has always shown me how important sacrifice, honor, and duty to country are. I was proud to follow my Dad into service, and now volunteer together at our local VFW and help our community.

Shane Coburn

Military: Air force

I am nominating my husband because he truly is one of the best human beings on the planet. Selfless is an understatement. He's also undergone so many mental health trials to get his self together. He suffers from posttraumatic stress and nightmares yet drives every single day and make sure myself and my daughter are taken care of. He is 90% disabled, and still works 12 to 15 hours a day to give us the life he believes we deserve. I wish I could do this myself. But it would be a dream come true for him. Thank you so much for even taking the time to read this and considering him for this remarkable gift

Henry Cameron

Military: Army

My husband has always put the safety of others above his own. First by entering the military. Where he began as Airborn infantry. During his first deployment he say the devistation by I.E.D.'s on soldiers and the Iraqi locals. He decided to change his MOS to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (E.O.D). He dismantled improvised explosives for 14 years. When he was Medically discharged from the military, he entered into another noble profession as a computer forensics specialist working in the child exploitation division. He is now helping to protect children. That is just his nature- to protect others. Not to seek glory, but because he wants to no one to suffer due to the awful acts of others. He has done all this while I stayed home to take care of our children. Never complaining, and always going above and beyond for us while at home.

Philip Smith

Military: Army-E4-Veteran

There are several reasons why I want to nominate my husband. Not only is he an amazing husband (13 years) but he is also an amazing and dedicated father of 3 equally amazing children. Phil and I were married and faced many challenges early on. He has always been my rock. He has served both in Iraq (OIF) and as well as in Afghanistan (OEF). Since his honorable discharge from the Army he has faced PTSD and several obstacles along the way, but never gave up. He worked his way till he found his dream job working in Health Care as a medical assistant. When Covid hit he didn't stop or quit his job in Urgent Care. He kept working. Even when he caught covid himself. If my husband was chosen to win this, I believe in my heart that this would be an amazing way for him to see that we all see HIM. We all see the hard work and effort that he puts in every day. This would mean the world.

Christopher Wilson

First Responder: Buffalo police officer

My fiancé is a wonderful man, father as well as a community police officer. He was recently shot while on duty but somehow still preservers with protecting and serving and bridging the gap. I feel as though he should be nominated because he always gives so much of himself this would be a wonderful gift to say thank you for everything you do for everyone you come into contact with.

Robert Chapman

Military: U.S Marine Corps

Viet Nam Disabled veteran. Life member of DAV & Viet Nam Veterans of America & VFW. Gives veteran's address on veteran's day every year at St. John's Depew Lutheran church for the members of various posts in Depew,Lancaster & Cheektowaga. Has been active in St. John's church and Lord Of Life over 40 plus years. Also volunteer producer and host of When Rock Was Young radio program on WBFO from 1974-1991. Caregiver for wife.

James Wilson

Military: USMC

My son knew from a young age that the military was his calling. As soon as he turned 18 he enlisted and became a proud member of the USMC. He was deployed multiple times, not easy for a mother to handle, but he always assured me that is was ok because he was serving his country. After his contract was up, Jimmy came back home and took a position as an EMT with Twin City Ambulance. He has faced serious medical issues resulting from his time in the service, yet he perseveres. His need to serve is so strong and I am nominating him because he would never ask for help.

Matt Wall

First Responder: Lieutenant

Matt goes above and and beyond in the line of duty. He’s worked very hard to become a Lieutenant for his fire hall. He loves helping his community

James Trembath

Military: Army

My dad is my Super Hero. He was drafted into the US Army 12/65 and was in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He earned his Purple Heart on 9/13. My dad coached baseball, scouts, took us camping/fishing, water/snow ski. The day after Sandy Hook (until Covid), my dad joined 1 other “Grandpa” at the door at Southtowns Catholic School. Rain, snow, sleet or -3 degrees, my dad stood outside the door every morning welcoming in every child from PreK to Grade 8. He was there to make sure that no one walked in that door that he didn't know or felt should not be there. My dad also an officer at Newell - Faulkner Post 880. He is a member of the Honor/Color Guard and is the Public Relations Officer. He takes care of their website & Facebook page. With the rest of the Color Guard, he leads the Eden volunteers for funerals, every Memorial Day Parade, every Eden Corn Festival Parade, participates in several ceremonies honoring Veterans on Veterans Day, Flag Day & Memorial Day. 

Dewey Daugherty

Military: Army Airborne Ranger

Dewey is a single Dad of 4 children. Two are older but the younger two are 17 & 10. The 17 year old has Ausbergers and his young daughter recently went through serious eye surgery. When it was necessary a few years ago Dewey stepped up and got full custody of his children. In the last few years he has had quite a bit of health issues, he is currently going through treatment for the second time for Multiple Myeloma through the VA and Roswell. He is a great father and friend who would do anything to help a friend and has the most positive attitude while dealing with hardship. He currently has his Mom and adult son living with him. My concern is that his old van will give out soon and will cause a hardship with daily life and his treatments. He’s like one of my children.

David Maciejewski

Military: Army

He is Vietnam veteran. He helps many people in our building of senior & disabled (Riverview Manor) .When had car he would take others to doctor appointments or store. He visits vets in VA hospital. He is bright, intelligent person that with sence of humor. We really need him to be able to have a car so he can do what he likes best, helping others. He needs to keep busy. He will be 75 in November. Lives at 8 Hertel Ave Apt 506 with his aging dog Reggie. Keeping busy helps with his issues from Vietnam. He has volunteered in past at food pantry. I don't have photo he tall, fair skin, gray thin hair. A terrific person and friend to many. Please consider him highly for car, really deserves it. Took old pics from Facebook best can do his profile pic.

Dyllan Wloch

Military: Army

My son served in Afghanistan were he was injured in an explosion that injured him permanently and took the life of several of his brothers. Although my son was gravely injured he carried back one of his injured brothers to safety. My son is now permanently disabled and has retired from the military. He does not have transportation of his own and has been saving to purchase a car. Please consider my son he truly has given everything for our country and freedom.

Nicholas Cyr

First Responder: EMT

I'm nominating Nicholas Cyr ,because he's hard working at his job ! He goes above and beyond and helps and knows what to do next no matter the situation. He's been an EMT for the last 5 years and has shown time after time that he has a strong head on his shoulders! He's one of the greatest person I have ever gotten to know and see his work. He's a great leader ,great worker ,overall great person and deserves this .

Kevin Lynch

First Responder: Marine

I am nominating Kevin because of his patriotism to his country first and foremost. When we first met that’s all he talked about was the marine corp. he thrived there and enjoyed every aspect of his learning journey representing the USA. Post military he struggled to find a secure, permanent job and always talked about the fire department being his dream. He took the exam and was top of the list and passed the physical with no problem. Again he thrives in his career. He goes to his job without question to fight and save the lives of so many serving on the city’s Rescue 1. Kevin has served his city proudly for 20 years working multiple other jobs while raising a family of 6 children, at times 2 or 3 jobs at once, without a single hesitation. With the growing family and funds being tight with the 6 kids and prices skyrocketing, a reward of this caliber in his favor would be a blessing for him and his family. He has and will always be dedicated to serving and protecting others

Robert Schueler

First Responder: Volunteer firefighter/ firepolice

My husband has been my rock for the last 2 years since my diagnosis with ovarian cancer. At the start of the pandemic. He has had to do the cleaning, cooking, laundry, shopping and take me to my Dr Appoinments and Chemo treatments. all while being an active volunteer firefighter last year the company had 771 call and he came in at number 6 top responder. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 36 years. Holding many different positions.At the posting of this letter he is currently number 2 in call. We will be married 25 years in September And we still talk about him leaving during our wedding reception(in his Tux) to respond to a motor vehicle accident. Best dressed fireman.

Jason Buck

Military: United States Marine Corps

I am nominating my brother-in-law, Jason Buck. He retired honorably from the Marine Corps after 20 years. Jason worked at the brig in Quantico, worked at the Pentagon, and was also a Drill Instructor at Parris Island. He gave everything he had to teaching and training new Marines. He is currently a Genesee County Sheriff, still serving and protecting his country, state, county, and community. He selflessly does everything he can for his family. He has had recent health issues but refuses to allow that to stop him from providing for his family. The included picture shows Jason with two of my sons at an Alice Cooper concert. He LOVES his family, but rarely does anything for himself. I want him to know how much he means to all of his family, and how proud we are of him.

Danny Cannon

Military: Army

My uncle is a hard working father of 7, and 20 something grands that depend on him everyday! His van is so broken, I’m amazed it still runs! If I had the money, I’d buy him a new vehicle myself

monica lynch

Military: marines

I nominate Veteran Lynch because of her loving, and giving self. She protest when injustice has occurred, and always donating her time rather its for veterans or civilians. Veteran Lynch is the most dependable person I know to the point she literally runs her vehicles to the ground helping others. She has been interview by the local news several times for her advocacy. She also fought in Desert Storm, and lost most of her shoulder due to the chemicals she was exposed to. Please choose Veteran Lynch so she can keep doing what she loves, and that's helping others. Thank You, Veteran Griffin

Karin Turello

First Responder: Lieutenant Buffalo PD

The job means everything to her, it's all she's wanted to do in her life. She truly looks to make her community better and safe every single day. She's a great lieutenant and an even better human being, and I feel the world could use more like her....especially these days!

Holly Hackmer

Military: Marine

Because she has been through a lot since she was injured at boot camp , she lost a total of 7 babies and a hard working woman who finally 2 years ago finally gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who she loves n adores souxh.

Charles Campanella

Military: Coast Guard

I would like to nominate my son because he is the most dedicated, selfless, and hard working person I know. He loves that he has the opportunity to serve his country. He lives all the way across the country in Seattle, WA and we don't always have the opportunity to show him our gratitude.

Rinaldo Foye

Military: retired senior chief

I am nominating Rinaldo because he's a wonderful person served 23 years in the navy and now is a naval science instructor at Maritime charter in Buffalo, He is also the head coach for there basketball team and he is a referee for school aged kids basketball in the surrounding area. He is also a great husband, father and grandfather. Nobody ever has a bad word to say about him.

Ronald Nowasell

Military: Air Force

Ron spent 32 years with the A.F. as a Aero Medical Evacuation Specialist. He retired in March 2000 at Niagara Falls A.F.B. He was a Cheuf Master Sargent. He traveled extensively with his job. Many trips to the Middle East. He did an outstanding job for our Military, saving lives and protecting our country. He was selfless in giving him self to his many men and women under his command. He served as a proud young man from 18 years old until his retirement. Ronald suffer a from PTSD, and has injuries due to his service and commitment to his men and our country. Ronald is a man to be respected and honored for the selfless job he gave to the Air Force. I am honored and proud to be his mother. He sacrificed so many things over the years to be a service to his country.

Donald Waddell

Military: Army

Donald Waddell served our country for 10 years. He has a huge car payment that takes up majority of his family budget. Him getting chosen for the car will be a great relief for this family.

Karin Turello

First Responder: Police

The day my mom told me she wanted to become a police officer, I was 8 years old. I had always been a mama’s girl, so I was terrified and immediately started crying. She pulled me to her chest and whispered “I believe the world can become a better place, and I want to be a part of that.” And from that day forward she fulfilled her promise. When my mom heard about a little sick 8 year old boy named Joshua in Pittsburgh who wanted to become a police officer, she decorated a treasure chest and filled it with police patches that she got from all of the local police departments in Buffalo. She then strapped on her uniform and drove nearly 218.9 miles to deliver it to him in the hospital. When a little girl’s mother was killed by her father, my mom started a fundraiser where other officers could donate gifts and money to her and the family that was taking her in. These are only some of the things my mom has done in her years as a cop. She is kind and brave, and I want it to be recognized.

Gil Kite

Military: Army COE

This man will do anything for his family and has done everything he can, whenever he gets an opportunity and it would be amazing for him to to win this nomination because he is such a good hearted guy and an amazing father-in-law to me and father to my husband. He was among the first troops sent over to Vietnam where he served while in the Army National Gaurd, Core of Engineers division. He is currently going through cancer treatments and he will be turning 79 this June. He is an inspiration to me and my husband along with so many others who find him to be for he is also almost 40 years sober on top of everything he has accomplished. I've had the pleasure of knowing him for over 10 years now and I am very grateful for him and my mother in law, Kathy. He really deserves something like this and it would be amazing if he won.

Derrick NICHOLS

Military: USMC

My husband is truly selfless, proud former US Marine, we need a vehicle to take our son to cancer treatments.

David Basinski

First Responder: Fireman

I’m nominating Dave Basinski because he is selfless and never asks for anything. Not only is he a first responder, he’s an Army Veteran. He was in Desert Storm while he served. He works as an airport fireman and also works several side jobs so we can give our children help with college expenses. We have two children in college and one in the Navy. Our oldest son, in the Navy, needs a vehicle and cannot afford much right now. My husband is going to give his car to our son to help him out financially. This means we will have to buy another car. Again, he will have to work extra to make this happen. I cannot say enough about this man. He amazes me daily with his strength both mental and physical. He pushes me and our children to be the best people we can be. Dave won’t be happy knowing I nominated him. Like I said, he’s selfless. Please consider my husband for this great honor.

Aaron Mohr

First Responder: EMT

Aaron was my instructor for EMT school. He was more then just an instructor to us, he is a mentor, friend,life coach. He always believed in us and got us where we are today

Leonard Koziel

Military: Navy

Leonard Koziel, my husband, served as a Navy Corpsman from 2011-2016. He deployed with CLB-22 attached to the 22nd MEU from February 2013 to October 2014. During that time, we had our first (and only) son, Bryce. They didn’t get to meet in person until Bryce was 6 months old! Both during, and after his service, Leo has worked hard to be not only a great Corpsman, but an even better husband and father.

Jon Lengel

First Responder: Buffalo NY Firefighter

On December 30 2020 BFD was dispatched to a working structure fire at 158 Good Ave. Jon, working on Truck 10 entered the structure to the 2nd floor conducting a primary search. With conditions deteriorating, Jon found a victim and began to remove him from a life threatening atmosphere. The victim became combative with altered mental status due to smoke inhalation. Jon dragged the man down the stairs and outside saving this man's life. After the rescue, Jon re-entered the building looking for other victims. Using his search and rescue training under high heat and limited visibility he continues to serve the Buffalo community. Jon has received the Kaleida Health Award for Bravery Silver Medal and the Buffalo 100 Club Hero Award for this rescue Please consider Jonathan for your car give away Award. He is married to Lauren with 2 children. Finn and Adeline with a 3rd child due in November.

Daniel Seale

Military: Marine & Army

Daniel is a hard working and generous man. He was deployed to Iraq twice while serving. Currently he lives here in Buffalo with (me) his girlfriend and our three dogs. Since finishing his service (of 12 years) he has worked a few odd jobs but really has found his passion in working with his dog Viggo. Daniel attended AK9I and became a working dog trainer. He and his working canine, Viggo, became a certified duo in explosive detection. Basically, Viggo can sniff out over 35 different ingredients for explosives. They have worked as a duo at Darien lake- ensuring the venue is safe a free of explosives and have also worked several NBA games as well. They have traveled to Rhode Island and cleared areas for the naval symposium as well. Dan needs a reliable vehicle to travel to these jobs with his best bud Viggo. He currently has a very old truck that is basically falling apart. Viggo deserves a cool ride too since he is just as hard of a working guy as Dan is.

Vincent Giangrosso

Military: Navy

He always puts his family and friends first and never takes a minute for himself. The kindest and most generous man you’ll ever meet. Vincent has experienced unimaginable loss in his family over the past 10 years and grew up not knowing his real mother. She passed away before he turned 2. No one deserves a boost more than him. He took care of me at my worst when I suffered multiple brain aneurysms and subsequent brain surgeries. Thank you for considering him.

Charlie Campanella

Military: Coast Guard

Charlie is an exceptional young individual who has moved to Seattle Washington to serve in the US coast guard. He is very charismatic, holds high integrity, and superb empathy for those around him. Charlie embodies traits of a true leader and excellent role model.

Charles Campanella

Military: Coast guard

He’s one hell of a seaman. He goes above and beyond the call of duty consistently. I feel safe know he is protecting our waters from threats both foreign and domestic.

Charles Campanella

Military: Coastguard

He is a dedicated hardworking asset to the coastguard.

Daniel Karl

Military: Marines

I am nominating him because I am so proud of him and his achievements. He works hard at what he does and gives 100% always. He's the most giving and honest kid anyone could ask for. He always tries to help out anyone he can. He had purchased a used truck and can barely drive it because it takes so much gas and gas prices are so high. Young Marines do not get paid a lot. It would not only help him out a lot, but also I would feel safer with him in a new vehicle. He's always wanted to be a Marine and protect this country and I feel he deserves some good given back to him.

John Catanese

First Responder: Volunteer Firefighter

I am nominating John because he is a super great person and does so much for his community. He has be named Top Responder for the Stockton Volunteer Fire Department along with being named Firefighter of the Year several times. He has held many positions within the department over his 25 plus years serving our community. Whether it is participating in school events for Fire Safety week, marching in parades, helping out with chicken BBQ dinners, boot drives, and benefits for local cancer patients he is always willing to lend a helping hand to all. He tirelessly goes out into the community everytime the tones sound on his pager. He is a dedicated hard working and now retired father and grandfather. He helps new recruits learn the ropes and even helps Junior firefighters in training learn what it takes to become a volunteer. He deserves to win and be honored for all his unwavering dedication and volunteering to the community through his service. He is a hero in all our eyes.

Jeremy Catanese

First Responder: Stockton Volunteer Fire Department Chief

My brother deserves this nomination because he is the strongest, bravest, and selfless person I know. He is currently in remission but battles not only fires but Multiple Myeloma cancer. He was diagnosed a few weeks before his 40th birthday after a slip caused him to fracture his back. After weeks of tests and not knowing what was wrong he got the grim diagnosis. He never gave up and despite being told he wouldn't work or possibly worse he headed to Roswell Cancer Center and began treatments. Now almost 6 years later while he still is in pain and undergoes checkups he is in remission. He went back to the fire company and still puts in countless time and energy for his community just like they rallied behind him. He has been honored as a Chatuatqua County Hometown Hero for a daring water rescue when he was younger. He is a Firefighter of the Year recipient. He has 2 children in college and would be so grateful to be honored like this.

Angela Omara

Military: Army

Injured in 2006 she served as a combat medic. She has served as a volunteer employee in lockport. He whole life is service she today works to help the developmentally disables.

Brandon Schmied

First Responder: VOLUNTEER EMT/NYS CERTIFIED FIRE FIGHTER

Brandon is a volunteer NYS certified EMT and NYS fire fighter with Sloan Active Hose Co #1. He has earned both certifications within a year of each other. He always goes above and beyond while on calls. He takes charge while on those calls and faces whatever task(s) are presented on these call. I couldn't think of anyone more deserving.

Rodney Barnes

Military: Army

I’m nominating him because he has a heart of gold and loves on everyone.

Andrew Krzanak

Military: Army

My son has worked so hard to overcome so many losses and challenges in his life starting with the loss of his sister when he was 13. That in itself was a push for him to grow up fast. After struggling with life and school he pushed through to graduate. Desided that the military was for him . He has excelled in his career . Married young bought his first car and was tboned by a driver running a stop sign . Losing his car now starting fresh once again on minimal finances. Please give this soldier a break and honor him with a car . You won’t regret it he’s truly deserves this bright side in his life .

Andrew Krzanak

Military: Army

I’m nominating Andrew because he is a very hard worker. When he was on duty some other guy ran a stop sign and destroyed his car. Andrew has not been able to afford a new car since! He relays on his wife to drive him everywhere.

Andrew Krzanak

Military: Army

My husband has been through a lot. He lost his sister when he was just 13 years old. After the tragic loss he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. We met when we were just 14 and 15 and he joined the army. We have been on this road together it has not been easy! This past December a gentlemen t-boned my husband on post and we got screwed with insurance and now have to pay the car out of pocket and we can not afford to get him a new car for quiet awhile! This would mean the world to us

Ryan Smith

First Responder: Firefighter

He a big kind hearted person. He works hard and loves being a firefighter. He loves his family and his wife and children are his world. He would rather help people with what he has than help himself if it came down to it. He’s always saving and helping others so I wanted to try and help him out and this is a great start by nominating him

Mike Mcafferty

First Responder: Firefighter paramedic

Mike is one of the strongest most dedicated people I know he while he was still a rookie during his firefighting school he was diagnosed with testicular cancer while undergoing treatment he managed to finish his grueling school then later in his career he was laid off from his job he had then started as an EMT basic with AMR ambulance he decided to increase his education to paramedic while failing the course the first time it did not discourage him he managed to pass meanwhile stile finding time for the fire station and helping his wife raise there 2 kids I have watched him accomplish such tuff tasks while so much more was on his plate and he never hesitated I am his current assistant chief and I am encouraged by him everyday

Charles Campanella

Military: Coast Guard

Charlie is the most selfless person I know. He is the perfect example of what our country should look for in people for the military. He represents bravery, courage, love, kindness. He works hard then anyone I know and has chose to across country from his family and friends to make this country a better place.

Kadin Schaub

First Responder: EMT/firefighter and Army

I feel they should be nominated because they are both in the military and a first responder, they are always trying to do whatever they can to help there community, and they always do there best to help in the community

Matthew Gerland

First Responder: EMT Firefighter Registered Nurse

Matthew has been a public servant since 2019 when he joined the Williamsville Fire Department. Matthew has completed all rigorous requirements within the first year of joining the fire department. He completed his NYS EMT within the first 6 months, and all state fire training within the next couple months. As he was completing all of his fire training, he was also in the middle of completing his Bachelors of Nursing at D’Youville College full time. He graduated this May ‘22, passed his national certification, and got a job at Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit.

Michael Gerland

First Responder: Firefighter, EMT

I am nominating this person because I feel they show the self less dedication of being a first responder. Starting in the pandemic and sticking through it over the last couple of years shows both leadership and great teamwork in the line of duty. Juggling two jobs, school in the graduate program for physical therapy at DYouville College, family, friends and volunteer work for the local fire department.

Matthew Gerland

First Responder: EMT, Firefighter, Nurse

I am nominating my boyfriend because he works so hard and risks his life to help serve the Buffalo community. Each day he does what he loves to help our community.

Michael Stoll

Military: Army

Michael works very hard and very long hours to service his customers both at work and long after.

Calley Leitten

Military: Army National Guard AND Paramedic

My daughter, Calley, joined the Army National Guard at 17. She continued serving by working for the Guard in Buffalo full time (while living in Warsaw, NY). She has been to various trainings and recently became an Army Medic. She bought a house in Bergen, NY and transferred to a base in Rochester, NY. She then started paramedics school at ECC- she worked full time at the Guard base during the day and drove 3 out of 5 nights to ECC (in Buffalo) for paramedic classes. She is currently completing her many hours of clinical time in addition to working full time for the guard. I am so very proud of her for her devotion to serving and to helping others. This summer she will complete her paramedic requirements and will then work that job part time and continue with the Guard in Rochester.

Cheyanne Kurzweg

Military: Marine Corps

She is a hardworking kind mother who does everything for everyone else. She looks out for her friends and family and puts everyone before herself. She is a perfect example of a woman. She represents her country with pride love and forgiveness.

Carmen Marra

First Responder: Correction officer

He is a great guy. He does a tough job everyday with a smile on his face. He’s the strongest guy I know. He deserves a new car or just anything nice to happen to him. Thank you for considering him.

Bridgette Nunes

Military: Air Force

She is amazing. She is my girlfriend. She’s been a nurse for years now and just graduated PA school and her car is a death trap. Literally almost killed us on the way home from visiting her parents. The brake line tore off. We were lucky to make it home. Just problems ever since.

Cheyanne Kurzweg

Military: Marine Corps

My daughter Cheyanne joined the Marine Corps shortly after graduating High School. She had a heartfelt desire to serve our country. She has since married, had 2 sons now aged 3 & 4. She works and also goes to school to get her degree to better provide for her sons, as she is now separated from her husband. Cheyanne would benefit greatly from a new car as her and her now ex share one in order for them both to be able to work to provide for Theriot sons.

Anne McCall

Military: USAF

They deserve a car they drive a 15 year old car to get back and forth to work because they cannot afford the cost of a newer car with pandemic and outstanding costs due to children.

Joshua Lewis

Military: Air Force medic

My husband served several years as a medic in the air force. He was deployed several times to the Middle East, and saved countless lives during his service. He also served for a time in a labor and delivery unit, and has safely delivered several babies. On the home front, he not only stepped up to help me raise my son from a previous marriage, he legally adopted him and selflessly gave him his name. He is a wonderful human being and definitely deserves praise for all he has done and continues to do.

Rachel Weiss Staley

Military: Marines

My daughter is a hard working Marine veteran, college student, employee at Children's Hospital & mom of 2 young girls. She works so hard & never gives up.

Rachel Staley

Military: Marine Corps

I’ve known Rachel for 7 years, 5 of which she has been a mother and recently (honestly mostly) a single mother - raising two little angels is not easy for anyone and her girls are AMAZING! I was lucky to know her in the Marine Corps, as my room mate on detachments and one of my closest friends in.. heart of gold on this woman, the unrivaled love she has for everyone around her is so inspiring and beautiful ❤️ She is so very deserving ❤️

Michael Grimmer

Military: Marines

Michael Grimmer gave his all.He was stationed in Iraq three times and lastly at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.He came home and was diagnosed with PTSD which he overcame wth help from a loving family and a few drugs to keep his anger from getting the best of him.He was declared 100% disabled from hearing loss,damaged lungs ,back problems and others.If it weren't for people like Michael we would not live in as free a society as we do.

James Pytlik

First Responder: Firefighter/Paramedic

I’m nominating my husband because he has always put his family and his community first and foremost and always puts his wants last. I’ve been able to have the luxury of staying at home to raise our three kids because of all of the sacrifices he’s made to ensure we never go without. One of these sacrifices is driving around in his rusted out 2004 truck just so I have a safe, reliable, and spacious vehicle for the kids and I. He also is a great role model for our kids and probationary members within his department. He is always there to encourage, teach, and lead whenever needed. Winning this would just be such a huge blessing to him and our family.

Miranda Manning

First Responder: EMT

Miranda started working with a paid ambulance company around the age of 19 she was carrying a patient down the stairs, this patient was heavy and they weren't allowed to call another ambulance. She got to the bottom landing and her back gave out. She blew out 3 disks in her lower back. She had gone through so much pain and it will never get better. She gas had shots put into the spaces where the 3 disks use to be. All three disks are gone. She is in so much pain everyday. She had stem cell surgery and that didn't work. That was her last hope because she is too young and the doctors won't do surgery because she is to young. Miranda is now 26 and has a baby. She fights everyday with her back. Her back is so bad she just crys in pain. I want to nominate Miranda because at the age of 19 her dreams were taken away from her. That was her dream. She now voluntees for cambria fire company. They have all power stretchers so there is no lifting there. She had to rely on people lifting patient

Juan Vazquez

First Responder: NYS Correction Officer

Juan is my son. And I cant be any prouder of him. Work hard through out the covid pandemic till 6month ago when he got assaulted by an Inmate. He been out work off work an pending shoulder surgery and he still keep positive and taking care of his family

Douglas Hackett

First Responder: Retired fire chief. River road vfc

I’m a veteran nomination his father. He served the Tonawanda volunteer fire hall for over 36 years is a past fire chief and a life time member of the hall

Michael Conrath

Military: Navy

Hey gives everything he can to everybody and does his best to help fellow veterans

Brandon Dixon

Military: Navy

He is a dedicated father, who not only is a Navy veteran, but also a Niagara Falls city Firefighter.

Tara Whitfield

Military: Marinee

Marines are trained to improvise, adapt, and overcome all obstacles in all situations. They possess the willingness and the determination to fight and to keep fighting until victory is assured. In every facet of her life, Tara has improvised, adapted, and overcome obstacles. He had shown willingness to fight, whether for her country, her family, her church, or her friends. She has shown determination in her battles with glaucoma, in becoming the guardian for her young brothers after her mother passed away, and in obtaining her doctoral degree. She does all of this while also being a single mother to a teenage daughter, who undoubtedly will be as strong as her mother! Tara takes the values instilled within her from the Marine Corps and applies them to her daily life. Marines must have the unwavering grit to continue on when others quit. To fight through anything – with everything. With honor, with each other, and without fail. This is Tara, forever a Marine!

Richard Matthewson

Military: Navy

My dad really deserves to win something like this because he is just the most selfless person ever. He served in the navy before being honorably discharged due to an injury he sustained. The man has been through 8 brain surgeries, 4 back surgeries, and has still provided for me, my brother and my mom for most of his life and unfortunately with him doing that and not doing much for himself, I feel that he deserves something in return for being such an amazing dad. My mom and dad have been together for 46 years and my dad just turned 67 today and during that time, he has always put everybody's needs ahead of his own and also a big part is always letting my mom have the vehicle of her choice, lol. Hes never had anything really for himself and all all he dreams about is having a truck. Which is so funny to hear but they only have one vehicle and their income is enough to maintain that 1 vehicle. This man deserves the world for everything he has sacrificedand that's why I'm nominating him.

Chad Moden

Military: Retired Army Vet

My husband is my rock. He made a strong wonderful foundation for our two children and myself. I have been a stay at home mother for about 10 years now. We moved immediately to Colorado back in 2009 right after we got married. We had our first child within a year after we moved there and had to deal with emergency delivery and medical complications afterwards with our son. My son and I would NOT be here or be who we are if it wasn't for my husband taking on work, running over to the NICU, and than running to the other hospital were I was at. He took on being a father, husband, and a mother. That was the moment I realized what a privilege and a blessing he was to me and to our child. My husband has been the worker and only person to bring in a income. The only vehicle we have, the transmission is going. We can barely drive it. He is in a desperate position and needs a truck so he can continue to help friends/family. The only other hobby/joy in my hubs life, without any truck, he can't he

Anthony Grisanti

Military: Army

Anthony just became a first time dad of twins! He is always the first to help out anyone in any situation. He is selfless, caring, and a great role model. He would literally give you the short off his back. I would love for him to win something for himself for once.

Timothy McGill

Military: Army National Guard

Tim lost his father when he was only 6 years old. He worked as soon as we was old enough to help out and In order to pay for college he joined the National Guard. In his time in the guard Tim served in the recovery and clean up of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. His brigade was then chosen to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Although Tim was on course to complete his contract prior to deployment, he had no complaints when his orders came in and he was stop-lossed. Instead Tim took honor in the opportunity to serve over seas for the USA. Tim spent most of the time in Taji Iraq. Unfortunately there seems to be a stigma when people hear National Guard and outside of family and friends it seems Tim and his unit never received that hero’s respect that we see when someone states their branch only.

Anthony Pompey

Military: Navy

I believe that Anthony Pompey is the best choice for this reward because he is my awesome cousin who has been through so much with his earth and life in general he has flourished with his business in making jewelry which is flourishing. I have watched him struggle with his health especially during covid. Some of his medical issues are from when he was enlisted. I have watched him continue to grow and flourish during the past few years. He is getting back to himself. A vehicle of his own will help him with traveling back home to see his children and complete everyday tasks.

Paul Joseph

First Responder: Firefighter/EMT

My husband Paul is 23 years old, single father of 2 children 5 and 3. We got married back in may of 2022 and brought in my own daughter and are expecting our own little one in January of 2023. He’s a very hard worker and very enthusiastic about the fire service and EMS. He loves helping people and he does it solely from the kindness of his own heart. He dedicates his service to his late grandmother and grandfather, saying he wishes and hopes they can see how good he’s doing as a firefighter. He’s currently in firefighter boot camp hoping to become interior. His goal is to be a firefighter for the city of Niagara Falls. He currently drives a Chevy Cruze and it is a little tight on space with 3 kids. With a kid on the way, he wants to get into something bigger that would fit 3-4 car seats and says he will work his hardest to get something. I feel like this giveaway would help him a lot

Charles Campanella

Military: Coast Guard

Charles puts his life on the line everyday by going out and saving others. Charles is selfless, brave, and caring. He deserves this car.

Charles Campanella

Military: Coast guard

Charles Salvatore Campanella. Oh the things I could say about this kinda, genuine specimen of a human. He save lives. Not only does he work so hard on the rough waters in Seattle, but he works hard at home as well. Always cares for his peers and is the first one willing to have your back in a time of need. Charles deserves this.

Charlie Campanella

Military: Coast Guard

Charlie is the most dedicated worker i know, he puts his life on the line day in and day out and enjoys every minute of it, he is the least self centered person i know, he constantly wants to give back and it’s time we give back to him!

Vito Muoio

First Responder: Emt/captain

This individual goes above and beyond to continuously tracing and be ready in a moments notice to save live of others in his community

Craig Johnson

Military: Army

Craig is determined disabled veteran who is getting back on his feet after a string of unfortunate events. He has just competed schooling under VA Voc Rehab Program to better his education for employment. He is in dire need of a vehicle to get to and from work, currently receiving VA assistance for transportation until he secures employment or funds (has been over 4 months in this pursuit). He is focused to get back into the workforce and being a productive member of the community. Is the 1st in his family to complete a degree. In the last year he has been homeless as well, and has risen above this and has secure housing, but having a vehicle will be able to help get him to his next step.

Jeffrey Kassman

Military: Army national guard

Right now he has a 2006 1500 and it’s turning into one problem after another. He deserves to upgrade into something for all the hard work and sacrifices he makes!

Charles Campanella

Military: Coast Guard

They are my best friend, they are a master at their craft in protecting this country and saving lives, and they are a perfect exemplar of the greater Buffalo community.

Charlie Campanella

Military: Coast Guard

Because Charlie not only is dedicated to Coast Guard daily operations, he has completed several search and rescues and saved many lives in the process. Truly, a selfless and hard working individual.

Greg Koch

Military: Army

Greg was in the Army from 1997-2000 he served time in South Korea as a refueler and drive cargo trucks and a combat life saver. He loved serving however in 2000 his mother was dying from HIV she was a nurse and had contracted it from a patient unfortunately and Greg had to end his service to care for his mother til her death. His father was a Navy veteran and 1st responder and his grandfather was a 1st responder as well. He's so proud that he served his country. Greg is now a disabled Veteran due to his thyroid condition, PTSD and hearing loss due to refueling aircraft. He had to sell his car due to costly repairment and he was driving my fiance back and forth to work to Amazon Buf5 every day now that he has no car my fiance lost an amazing job where he was going to become a Process Assistant (low level manager) and it's been so difficult for us, if Greg had a car then my fiance would be able to get back to work again at Amazon and Greg to medical appointments.

Samuel Sobrino

Military: Navy

I am nominating Navy Hospital Corpsman Chief Samuel Sobrino who has served in the Navy for the past 22 years. Chief Sobrino joined the Navy in July 2000 and was first stationed at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. we’re on September 11th 2001 he was a first responder to the attack on the Pentagon. Over his 22 years of active service, he deployed four times, his last deployment was in 2017-2018, supporting combat operations in and out of Helmand Province Afghanistan. He is currently a Navy Officer recruiter stationed here in Buffalo, NY and has started building roots here living in Grand Island with me and our three kids.

Stephen Austin

Military: Army

I’m nominating my husband because he has sacrificed so much for his family and Country without ever thinking of himself. He was a medic and nurse overseas in Afghanistan always helping others. When he came home he started working in the emergency room to keep helping people in their times of need. As a father and husband he has sacrificed time after time always putting himself last. He deserves this because he would never ask for anything.

Jared Sterner

First Responder: Hamburg Village fireman Volunteer former Chief

I'd like to nominate Jared Sterner for this honor. He has been in community service his entire life. Jared worked the Hamburg Summer Youth program and began his lifelong journey as a first responder at age 12 in the Junior Firefighter program. Jared continued in that program through age 18 and moved on to the Village of Hamburg Fire Department while working at Rural Metro and perusing a nursing career. Jared achieved the position of Chief of that department and is currently working at the ECMC in the Emergency Department. Jareds commitment to community and those in need was obvious when our country was stunned by the events of 911 Jared volunteered to go to NYC to assist with connecting people with survivors and obtaining DNA samples for those that didn't make it. Jared and his wife have 2 sons, his oldest, Jacob joined the Junior firefighter program as soon as he was old enough following in his fathers footsteps. We appreciate Jareds Commitment to our community.

James Buettner

Military: Army, Paratrooper in 82nd Airborne

My dad is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper, and wears his veteran hat with pride wherever he goes. He was recently diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and is being treated at our local Veterans Hospital. He has struggled significantly with set backs of his non curable disease and painful side effects from chemotherapy. He came close to the end this past March, but fought through with the support and love from his wife and four children - and ever since has kept a positive attitude and outlook on life. My dad has a presence in this community being known as a cherished friend and neighbor who helps people in need. As cliche as it sounds, Dad is the guy that has pulled over many times to help change someone’s flat tire, and never asks for any thanks in return from others. More than anything, he deserves this great recognition from the community on being such a tremendous asset to Buffalo, and part of our country’s respected history. Love you dad!

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army National Guard

Once you meet her you’ll understand why she is worthy of this nomination. My wife does it all and then some. 11 year veteran of the Army National Guard, she served overseas in Kuwait and then came home wanting to continue making a difference. She enrolled in school in South Carolina to obtain her Bachelors in Biology before moving back north to Buffalo to attend D’Youville for their Physician Assistant program which she is currently enrolled. As I type this Jess is in Fort Drum, NY completing her annual training. She is away from home for 2 weeks supporting other units as they complete vital training exercises. When not serving or attending school she’s rescuing animals. She tends to keep more than she rescues but it’s ok. 4 cats and 3 dogs later, one with special needs Jess is still looking for her next rescue. Her car is aging quickly and high in mileage. She has no clue I’m nominating her, I hope to surprise her and recognize her efforts not only for America but her community too.

Katie Rott

First Responder: EMT/PARAMEDIC

Katie is an amazing individual. She is a single mom who is a survivor of domestic abuse. She raises her two sons on her own and works as a vet tech helping animals and as a Fire/Paramedic to help people everyday. She pours her heart into everything she does. She also volunteers with local and National rescues and frequently has 2-4 foster dogs in her home on top of her 4 rescue dogs. Katie has had crippling pain and diagnoses that would still most people from working but it just makes her more committed to doing everything she can for her community while she can. She defines hero.

Thomas Shaw

Military: Navy

I'm nominating Thomas because he served during the gulf war for our country. When he finished serving, he came home and got his job in glazing and built Buffalo international airport, all the doctors offices on essjay Rd and werhlee spindrift and the box seats at Cleveland brown stadium and got hurt in the job. 3 failed neck surgeries later and he's still 90% disabled. This man did everything for his family. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone that needed it. He's never asked for a thing back in return. This man needs a car! He hasn't owned his own car since 2005 because he always mane sure everyone else had what they needed. It's time. He deserves it! (If you happen to call him, he might not receive the call bc for some reason he doesn't get good reception. If you can't, please call me and I'll let him know. Thank you kindly for this opportunity

Janine Kloetzer

First Responder: New York State Park Police

Janine Kloetzer is an exemplary police officer who outperforms her duties with no expectation of praise. I'm a Dispatcher who works with her and I am nominating her without her knowledge. Day in and day out I see her exceed the expectations of a Police Officer and show what a Police Officer should strive to be. Janine has volunteered for and taken on the duties of the peer support specialist at our Niagara HQ and taken additional mental health training. The New York State Park Police responds to a high volume of mental health related calls. Janine is the most capable and ready officer I know for helping members of the public and her peers. In addition, during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, Janine was a pivotal connecting branch between the department and the public. Details are here: https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/niagara-county/niagara-falls/viral-video-from-niagara-falls-shows-another-side-of-how-police-serve-and-protect/ Please select Ofc. Kloetzer!

Gregory Brice

Military: US Army

My husband sacrifices a tremendous amount for his family. He is currently without a vehicle because he gave his to our daughter when gets went down just so our daughter and granddaughter could get around to where they need to go even though we live in East Amherst and he works in Buffalo. He has to be proactive each and everyday to get to and from work.

Kristin Kavanaugh

Military: Air Force

Kristin has been a member of the US Air Force for the past 10 years selflessly. I have watched her put herself last time after time and prove she is the strongest most selfless and deserving person I know. She was an active member of the Air Force where she was the head of flight Med and ran the department flawlessly, all while being a single mom to two young boys, attending nursing school full time and working a second full time job to make ends meet. She did this with minimal help from family as she was hours away from her. I have watched her become an RN and serve the underprivileged community of Buffalo, on top of caring for COVID patients as she worked on a COVID unit. She worked her tail of supporting her kids on her own while being the most amazing mother I have seen. She is a selfless human being always putting everyone else’s needs, including her country’s needs before her own. She deserves good in her life more than anyone else I know.

Brian Lukowski

First Responder: Luitenaint

Mr. Lukowski embodies what every first responder aspires to be—Fair, kind, compassionate, loyal, caring and respectful. Other than his job, his family is the most important thing to him and I’ve seen him work tirelessly to provide everything he possibly could to his family. Because of Mr. Brian and his sacrifices, he has inspired his son and others close to him to serve and protect as fellow LEO’s. His reputation exceeds him as he is incredibly respected and loved in the community. Mr. Brian is one in a million and deserves this more than anyone I know!

George Phillips

Military: Marine corps

He is a veteran who served in the marine corps for 8 years. He is the best husband and father to our three kids and has done so much for us and the rest of the family as well. He is a very hardworking guy.

Jonathon Tresler

First Responder: Second Lieutenant

He has gotten top responder the last 2 years. And he got fire fighter of the year in 2021. He's very dedicated to his department

Koichi Kidd

Military: Navy

Koichi is a local to Lackawanna, NY for 35 years. He is a US Navy sailor and disabled combat veteran. He has served his country for 12 years on active duty and 2 years in the reserves. He is a husband and father to a beautiful wife and 2 kids. He has always been a provider and goes out of his way for his family. I feel he is deserving of this nomination not only because his birthday is on June 28th, but because of the hard work he has didecated his life towards his country and family. He is most deserving for his sacrifices he continues to give, even to this day.

CHRISTOPHER RODRIGUEZ

Military: Marine Corps

I am nominating Mr. Rodriguez because in the past 2 years of knowing him he has shown me what it takes to be a leader in our community. Even being out of the Marines he still shows all the traits of a good Marine. Dependability, integrity, endurance, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty, and enthusiasm. He belongs to many different community programs including a nonprofit called Kids at Promise. Helping troubled youth in our community. He is the president of that program. He was in the marine corps from 2007 to 2012 and he served with 1st Marine special operations battalion and 1st battalion/1st Marines. He served overseas in Jordan and went on deployment with the 13th MEU. He reached the rank of sergeant within five years. He is beyond deserving and would do anything for his community if he could.

Corry Fleck

First Responder: Westfield New York

He works his butt off for his department

Brian Lukowski

First Responder: Police

Brian is my father and has been a police officer for over twenty years now. Ever since my brothers and I were young, he has always protected us and taught us to be good people. We wouldn’t be where we are today without it him. He was a DARE officer and actively involved in the schools and recently has been promoted to lieutenant. Never been more proud of my dad, who also inspired my brother to get into law enforcement as well. Love you, dad!

Jonathan Tresler

First Responder: Second lientenant

This man has a heart of gold. He's very compassionate about his job. He loves the kind of job where he can help people. He's also a great family. He is the second lieutenant in his company.He has gotten top responder the last 2 years and got fire fighter of the year in 2021. He would really benifit from having a nice dependable vehicle.

Tyler Johnson

First Responder: Lieutenant Stockton volunteer fire department

He is a hard working father and husband dedicates his free time to everyone in need. Anytime their is a call he is out the door to go help.

Richard Ward

Military: Army

My dad is very caring, hardworking, loving, loves his family, just a very special person

Daniel Esmay

Military: Navy

I feel Dan should be nominated because he’s a hard worker. He was In the service for 8 years, came home, earned his bachelors degree, is working toward his masters degree, and is part of the American legion and assists them with many activities. He is always giving to others and it would be nice to win a vehicle.

Jon Tresler

First Responder: second lieutenant

For the last two years Jon has put every minute possible in Volunteering & Responding,,the Fredonia Fire Dept has given him a plaque to honor him for his dedication. He is furthering his education with trainings, and just finished the EMT course.. They are a hard working family that just make ends meet with three children, If anyone deserves a new vehicle, This family does ! ,

Adam Blanar

First Responder: NYS Corrections Officer

Adam deserves to win a new car. Not only does he help anyone and everyone, but he is a dedicated corrections officer who has been serving for 18 years now. Adam is the guy everyone calls for any problems. He drives a Toyota Tundra that has over 200,000 miles on it. He won’t give it up though in case someone needs his pickup truck to move items. He just recently surprised his dad with a 1974 Hurst Olds. He is always doing for others and never does anything for himself.

Brian Lukowski

First Responder: Police/ SWAT

Because Brian Lukowski is the example of a fearless leader always doing what it takes to protect and serve our community.

Shane Wilson

First Responder: EMT paramedic

He volunteers for his community and works at gowanda all-stars. He goes above and beyond for his patient's, co-workers,family. When covid hit he went to NYC and trained other emts and fought covid right on the front line. He is a true hero...He would give the shirt off his back to anyone. He deserves a nice car with a maybe a little vacation time.

Peter Miller

Military: Army

Pete previously worked for Robert Basil’s in fredonia, NY from 2009-2010. He then joined the army as a 19k tank crewman. He went to Iraq in 2011 and has since made a career out of the army. He is currently a Sergeant First Class (e7) serving at fort hood Texas. He is a hard working person who takes care of his family and his soldiers.

Brian Lukowski

First Responder: police

Officer Lukowski is not only just a police but a father,husband, and leader. He demonstrates everyday the qualities of leadership and having to put himself on the line before anyone else.

Justin Johnston

Military: Army

Justin was deployed more than once to war stricken areas filled with many dangers. He lost many of his brothers who served by his side. He has health issues due to chemical exposure and suffers from PTSD. He continues to defend and fight for our flag in retirement through pride and dedication. He is a family man who puts his daughter and wife’s needs first. I am proud and grateful for this man’s sacrifices and patriotism.

Brian Lukowski

First Responder: Police

He is very humble and dedicated to his job. He does everything in his power to keep the community safe. As well as showing respect and kindness to everyone he meets.

Brian Lukowski

First Responder: Lt Orchard Park

Because of his dedication and work ethic never gets himself anything. Puts family and friends before himself. Deserves recognition for his hard work.

Brian Lukowski

First Responder: Lieutenant

I am nominating them for they extreme humbleness and dedication to keeping our community safe. He is so noble and kind to everyone he sees.

Joshua Tresler

First Responder: Fire

He has been in the fire department since he was 16yrs.. he is a great interior firefighter... he is a very hard worker... an awesome father, husband, and provider.... he would give the shirt off his back or his last dollar if you needed it...

Jonathan Tresler

First Responder: Fredonia Fire Department

Jonathan has been apart of the Fredonia Fire Department for almost 5 year's. He is dedicated and loves serving the community. He has won Top Responder for the last two year's and also got Fireman of the year award this year for 2021 due to COVID it was delayed. He has an 05 GMC Sierra right now that is literally falling apart. We can't afford to fix all of the issues with it yet he still makes it to the 911 calls. Please please consider him for your winning a new vehicle.

Robert Smith

Military: Army reserve Sgt. Buffalo Fire department Fire fighter

My former co worker Robert smith is a firefighter for the city of buffalo & is currently deployed to Africa with the Army Reserves. Prior to his departure to serve his country he gave away his vehicle to a long time friend of ours who was expecting a child and needed it. Now he keeps saying that when he returns this fall he will need to find a new vehicle. I am nominating him because after working with him for years & getting to know him personally he is honestly the most giving person I’ve ever met. Always willing to lend a helping hand regardless of the situation. Furthermore he not only serves his community while at home but also serves his country with great pride & honor.

Charlene Unger

First Responder: Paramedic

I am nominating Charlene Unger. She is absolutely incredible. She is one of the best paramedics and patient advocates I have ever met. She is normally the first one at the scene, has the scene assessed, and organized by the time everyone arrives. She is very good at keeping the patient calm and has a special way with patients who do not feel as though they need further care. She helps them understand that further assessments may be needed and can calmly get them to the appropriate care. Once she gets them to the hospital she easily transcribes to staff what the patient has gone through what injuries or issues they have so the patient can receive the best care options. Not only is she a kick ass paramedic but also a wonderful mother to her two daughter Sierra and Mercedes. Charlene is able to tackle the demanding work vs home life. She is always volunteering for their special events at school, softball, and cheerleaders. She hardly ever misses a game, program, or competition.

Jeremy Morillo

Military: Navy

I nominate Jeremy because his dedication and pride for our country goes for miles. He’s always going in early and staying late to make sure his command is set. He is a hard worker and always willing to learn new skills. He’s also a giver, he would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. For all he does winning this would mean so much to him.

Cody Crist

Military: Army

Cody is a medical discharged from army and he is a very supportive man to the military. He has supported him self for a long time and this would be a honor to recieve this. Cody also was a volunteer firefighter for Cheektowaga.

Jamison Justham

First Responder: FF/Paramedic

Jamison has had multiple saves from cardiac arrests within 2021 to current. Jamison also was the paramedic for two pediatric burn patients who are alive today because of him. Not only has he done all of this but he currently is a flight medic with STAT and took on the roll of being his town’s fire chief. He has put in countless hours of training in over the last year. He teaches others how to be the best he can be and continues to study to learn how to be better.

David Schneider

Military: Air Force, security forces

Multiple rows of combat service (ribbons) and currently serving. 20 plus years.

Brittany Lundahl

First Responder: Firefighter

Brittany Lundahl is very caring, passionate, strong willed, determined and doesnt let her condition of autism from reaching and maintaining her goals. I am very proud of her and her determination to serve her community and risk her life for others. She finds those who are neglected and goes the extra mile to befriend them no matter of age, race, or beliefs.

Tyler Griffin

Military: Army

At 20 years old,Tyler was sent on his first deployment in the Middle East for Operation Enduring Freedom from January to November 2021 as a Horizontal Construction Engineer. He was involved in the intake and processing of Afghani refugees into Kuwait and spent a good portion of his time keeping Afghani children entertained and in good spirits during long waiting periods. He was recognized by the Air Force for his additional assistance in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar. Home for the time being, Tyler works for a local landscaper, doing drainage and excavation and enjoys attending car shows in his spare time.

Kevin Mills

Military: Army

Kevin Mills is a very considerate and selfless person. He served in the Army during the War on Terror in Afghanistan, and suffers from chronic medical issues, including back problems, as a result of it. He currently works at a fairground, which he has to walk several miles to and from on days he works, which only exacerbates his back problems. He often has to walk to and from work in heat and rain, which is not conducive to his health.

Matthew Richardson

First Responder: Volunteer firefighter

My husband has helped so many people in Cheektowaga and always tries to help the new volunteers in becoming a great firefighter.

Kevin Mills

Military: Army

Kevin "Duke" Mills has had his name dragged through the mud, been abused by terrible family and people who claimed to be his friend, and has wished nothing but the best for these people despite it all. He cares for everyone equally and it's about time we did the same for him. Let's get this king some wheels to further help humanity.

Kevin Mills

Military: Army

I choose to nominated Mr. Mills. Cause he has always helped me and others in need. He had a rough military career. After all he has done for me and his fellow men and women. I wanted to do something for him in return.

Robert Smith

Military: Army reserve Sgt. Buffalo Fire department Fire fighter

My former co worker Robert smith is a firefighter for the city of buffalo & is currently deployed to Africa with the Army Reserves. Prior to his departure to serve his country he gave away his vehicle to a long time friend of ours who was expecting a child and needed it. Now he keeps saying that when he returns this fall he will need to find a new vehicle. I am nominating him because after working with him for years & getting to know him personally he is honestly the most giving person I’ve ever met. Always willing to lend a helping hand regardless of the situation. Furthermore he not only serves his community while at home but also serves his country with great pride & honor.

Andrew Smith

First Responder: Police

My son has always been a selfless person always willing to help others. He has wanted to be a first responder all of his life, and the morals, ethics, and values he conveys with the people he helps is shown everyday. With two young children and one on the way and long hours worked he is always busy. Andrew needs a new vehicle because he will have to cram three car seats in the back of his compact suv. A new vehicle would help give his children space and keep his family safe on the road just like he keeps the public safe.

Kristin Kavanaugh

Military: Air force

Kristin deserves this more than anyone I’ve met. She has come from little and works herself to death sometimes to support herself and her two boys on her own. She is a single mom, was full time with the airforce, working a full time job and going to nursing school full time and might i mention she had baby immediately after her first nursing school semester . She was having contractions during her final exams even and they were not even sure she would be able to sit for the exam. She always perseveres and comes out of too due to her work ethic determination and love for her boys and wanting to give them an amazing life. She continues her selfless acts by working 14 hour days at a local hospital, caring for others, again always forgetting about herself. She deserves a break, she deserves good, she is an amazing mother and all around human being.

Brian Lukowski

First Responder: Lieutenant Orchard Park PD

Brian is a hardworking family man. He is known to help family, friends, and community regularly.

Kristin Kavanaugh

Military: Air Force Medic

I am very proud of my daughter Kristin, who was a medic for 328 Air Refueling Squadron AFR for about 10 years. She was very committed to her training and her unit and made the sacrifices that so many veterans have made during her deployment to the Middle East. As a single mom of two young boys, it was Difficult at times but she persevered. Being a medic in the Air Force inspired her to further her education. She became an RN and works at ECMC helping patients during the cOVID-19 pandemic.

Joshua Tresler

First Responder: Volunteer fire fighter

They always go above and beyond weither he's on a all or at home . He is always helping always there when u need him in any way. He is kind caring loving respectful person who never complains . He would give u everything of his to help u if u have nothing .

Tammy Beaujean

First Responder: Nurse

She is a CNA she has give care to the elder people for free takes them places buys them food clothes even goes without just for them she is so caring and works and still does these and her car is falling a part and can't afford to get one or fixed

Jon Tresler

First Responder: EMT

I am nominating him because he is amazing at his job. Whenever there is an emergency he is right there,probably the first one to respond. He is dedicated to his community, family, and friends. Jon gives his all , and wears his heart on his sleeve.

Jessica King

Military: USAF retire

I would like to honor my wife Jessica King who retired after 26 years of service US NAVY, USAF ,NY GUARD . Her final position was a intel analyst with a Remote Pilot MQ9 . Although she could have stayed in longer Jessica opted to retire after being stationed at Tyndall AFB Florida , on Oct 10 2018 Hurricane a Michael destroyed Tyndall AFB Fl , luckily Jessica and our children were on a week leave in Orlando with Family , I had returned from that leave to ride out storm with my troops ! At the same time our 11 year daughter was not feeling well, with our house and based destroyed Jessica was allowed to return to WNY with family, while I remained for recovery. It was at this time that we learned our 11 yr was to become a patient at Roswell Hospital and we have been fighting that battle since then. Jessica decided to retire in 2020 to take care of our daughter!!! She is a true Hero in my eyes!

David Greathouse

Military: Marine Corps

I am nominating David, my husband, due to him being a veteran. He served in Afghanistan in 2010, was injured by a roadside bomb, resulting in a Brain injury, never damage, and other issues. He was medically retired, but has since continued to work hard after his injuries to provide the best for our family that he can.

Fran Norman

Military: Army

I am nominating my father because he is a hard working individual who I think deserves the money towards a new truck. My father is the type of person who takes care of his vehicles and keeps them maintained/running for a long time while others might discard their vehicle every couple years. My dad completed 3 years of honorable service while in the United States Army in the 80s as a mechanic. He is a loving father of 3, a soon to be grandfather, and always has the best stories.

Brian Miller

Military: MARINE CORPS

Brian is a selfless guy. A wonderful father to two kids. And a terrific husband. Brian was a k9 handler in the Marine Corps. He also is a wounded warrior which resulted in him being medically discharged due to 10 right knee surgeries. He's the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. There is no other person who deserves this more!

Peter Himan

Military: USMC

My husband entered the USMC after the 911 attack. He fought in Iraq. He now suffers from severe PTSD from his time in the service. When we got married, he took on 7 step children and 3 of which are special needs. Every single day he works through his issues to provide for us and is the best father and husband anyone could hope to have. He never had a family because he was adopted, so shortly after we were married I bought him a DNA test. After 34 years, he found his biological father and siblings. They live in North Carolina, and we live in Batavia NY. It would be amazing if he had a new car to safely travel to see his family. He missed out on so many years without them.

John Talbott

Military: Air Force

John was discharged because he was disabled in the military and sustained injuries to his knee, back, and neck. He is now a mailman and absolutely adores what he does but I know he misses the military. He was military police in the Air Force. He is a new dad, we had a baby girl in February of this year and our daughter is the light of his life. He is the most generous, giving man I’ve ever met and he would do anything for anyone, even a stranger. He deserves this.

Tim McGill

Military: Army

Without hesitation he served and protected the United States of America. Was deployed overseas and made us all so proud. Husband and amazing father of three young children.

Andrew Rodems

Military: Marines

My brother has done 2 tours and has drastically changed his lifestyle to a minimalist. He moved from Seattle back to Buffalo and right now is staying at my parents helping them out and riding a bicycle. He was the best man at my wedding and when our photographer backed out a week prior, he took on the roll and bounced between positions. He has been an inspiration for me my entire life and if he can get a vehicle for everything he has done not only for my family and I, but our country, it is the least I can see him receiving to help him out. Thank you for considering.

Jared Sterner

First Responder: Volunteer @ The Village of Hamburg Fire Dept. Lt. On the Rescue

Jared is not only my husband, but he is also the most dedicated person I know and if anyone who knows or heard about Jared they will tell you the same. Jared was award Fireman of the year in 2020 for the Volunteer Hamburg Fire Department, he held Chief position several times, and he is dedicated to his community. That he volunteers for Ems & Fire over 20 years. Jared also holds a bachelors in Nursing and has worked hard throughout the pandemic at Erie County Medical Center in the Emergency Room. He continued to volunteer and worked hard through nursing school as I was pregnant with our 1st son when he worked for Rural Metro which is currently called AMR. Now that are Fire department has a Junior Firefighter program which he (jared) helps leads: you must be 12 and older to join - His oldest son wanted to follow in his father footprints as a Junior Firefighter. Jared deserves this not only has our family have been through a lot, but he is the most kind hearted person that we all love.

Bernard DePasquale

Military: Army National Guard Staff Sargent (E6) & U.S. Navy E6

Member received 3 Navy Achievement Medals, National Defense Medal, 4 Good Conduct Medals just to name a few. Worked in the Administrative Department and supervised the department. Is a Vietnam, Granada and several other duties. Assigned as the commands Drug & Alcohol Coordinator, Physical Fitness Coordinator, the first administration member to be in charge of a Fire Fighting team. Received 2 Army Achievement Medal for outstanding duty as the Motor Pool Sargent. Once again assigned as the commands Physical Fitness Coordinator. Assigned as the Morale and Welfare Sargeant. Most importantly - was in charge of a cleanup crew for NY after 9/11. After retirement from the military worked as a New York State Correctional Office before receiving a Medical Retirement for injuries received.

Jaclyn Trunzo

Military: USMC

Jackie raised her child on her own as an active duty Marine for her daughters first 11 years. When she retired after 20 years of service, her daughter had nothing but hatred toward her father because she felt he abandoned her. She would give the father every chance to visit. Upon her retirement she sold her home and put everything into storage to move her daughter to MD to be able to grow a relationship with her father. She was basically his roommate for a year in MD. Her mental health took a turn and she realized she needed to move back home to WNY. With her daughter in MD, she is constantly driving back and forth in order to remain a stable parent in her life. Her vehicle is only as old as her daughter (12) but the wear and tear on the vehicle is starting to take its toll.

Masuta Johnson Jr

Military: Army

My dad has been in service for more than 20 years. He is a combat veteran of the war in Iraq. He's spent 8 years as an enlisted man and has been an officer for the remaining 12 years. He's always been there for my siblings and I. It has always been his mission to guide us to be the best people we can be. I don't think dad's get enough recognition sometimes. So I'm recognizing him here. Thanks.

Jonathan Eddings

Military: Army

Jonathan has always been there for me. He has always supported me whatever I wanted to do in my life. Being an immigrant was never easy for me to get a job and have a success. He moved entirely to a different state leaving all his friendship and relationship that he had got going just so I would be able to have a job that I would really like. He never thinks about what he wants, he always thinks what makes me happy. Since the move we lost lot of money trying to live here and there and also just have one car with us. He gave up his car to me since I require it for my job. Now he has no car for himself to drive and stays all day home which is not a good idea for a Veteran with PTSD. Jonathan retired due to his disability with his backbone and was diagnosed with PTSD after having 3 tours in Active Combat Zone. He is a fighter and is always is. He deserves this car since that would help him have a vehicle for himself and for his service and sacrifice to the country.

Miranda Manning

First Responder: EMT

My daughter's dream was crushed. She is a EMT and her dream was to be on a ambulance. When she was around 19 she was carrying a patient down a flight if stairs and while she was carrying the patient she blew out 3 disks in her lower back. We have been to so many doctors and no one will help because she is too young. She still volunteers at cambria but can ond do the medical because she can't lift. She has a baby now and another on the was. She is tryig to work part time and take care of her family. She is in desperate need of a truck to keep her family safe. she gave herself to save people and ended up giving herself up saving people . I am begging that she gets a truck to at least make her life a little bit easier.

Sean pencille

Military: Army

My husband is the nicest man he will out everyone in front if his needs and he never ask for anything in return he never ask for anything for his self so this would show he is appreciative by someone for his kindness.

Jay Flick

Military: Army

Jay is a retired/disabled Army veteran. I am nominating him because he has done nothing but help everybody else every chance he gets. During Covid him and his now late wife made facemasks for everybody including people they did not know they bought their own fabric made the facemasks by sewing them themselves bought envelopes and paid postage and mailed out the masks to every single person that asked for one And asked for nothing in return. He spent thousands of dollars and countless hours making sure everybody who asked had masks. His wife was in diagnosis cancer shortly after and passed away after being married only seven short months. He is very selfless and if you ask him for something he will help you no questions asked even if he does not know you. He Has donated from his own money gift cards to people who have had house fires, He volunteers for everything and anything he can and also used to organize clothing drives. I feel like he’s always giving and Never asked for anything.

Timothy Pike

First Responder: emt LT

Tim Pike answered emergency calls for 30 years with the Lake View Volunteer Fire Dept. A few years ago the Pike family suffered a double calamity. Tim developed a rare heredity blood disease that landed him in the ICU about 50 times in the span of 3 years, and his son Clayton broke his neck while playing in the snow, making him a quadriplegic needing life-saving spinal surgery at Oshei Children's Hospital in Buffalo. Tim's wife Kim did double duty at both bedsides, often not knowing if Tim would survive the night, and not knowing if Clayton's organs would continue to work. At various times both patients were on the edge. Clayton's spinal operation was successful and with lots of rehab he regained the use of his limbs and got his life back. He recently took the EMT course following in his Dad's footsteps. Tim's found a kidney donor which led to a successful transplant. A new SUV would be well deserved and much needed.

Eric Ling

First Responder: Department of Homeland Security

My husband has been a Federal Air Marshal for over 22 years. Prior to that he worked for United States Immigration. He applied for a job as an Air Marshal after the 9/11 attacks. He has flown over 6,000,000 miles protecting commercial airlines and passengers, both domestically and internationally. He is a devoted husband, father and Federal Law Enforcement officer.

Ian George

Military: National Guard

I am nominating my brother SGT Ian George. He has been in the Army National Guard for almost 10 years now as a Military Police Officer out of Buffalo NY. He has served many state activations during his time of service to help out the community around him. From snow storms to floods and hurricanes, he has answered the call to service. He spent 3 months on an activation in the Virgin Islands keeping their community safe riding side by side with local police officers after they were devastated by two hurricanes back to back. This is where he received the Humanitarian service medal in the National Guard. His and his families sacrifices over the years deserves recognition. He has missed birthdays, holidays and other events during his time. He serves selflessly and has never asked for anything in return. He now is a recruiter for the National Guard to help others serve their local community. He has dedicated his life to this cause. I can think of no one more deserving than my brother who put

Christopher Oliver

Military: Army

Christopher came into my families life at a difficult time for us. I had unfortunately had a year before divorced a man that led a secret life on the side. I have 3 children and when I divorced my ex he left without his child and hasn't been back since and that was almost 4 years ago. Chris had retired from the army after 21 years and we met and instantly connected!! We now have been together for 3 years and he takes care of my family as if we were all his!! He has shown us what it means to be the man of the house and a father!!! Because of his influence my son has since joined, and just graduated from basic for the airforce! My son was a trouble child but with Chris's guidance and patience he encouraged my son to join. Christopher also rides with the combat veteran motorcycle association. They do fundraising and many donations for veterans!! He is amazing and would do for anyone before himself!! I hope you consider this man!! Thank you!

Kevin Mcmahon

Military: Army

Went to fight for our country and was injured. Yet still works every day

Timothy McGill

Military: Army

Went to fight for our country

Joseph Schottmiller

Military: Army

My brother, Joe, is a former 19D (Cavalry Scout) and now a 100% total and permanent disabled vet. He chose to enlist, not enter as an officer, even though he had a Bachelors degree because he believed leaders need to know what the bottom looks and feels like and also because he wanted to serve at the highest level having Special Operations dreams. He was injured on duty before he could attend selection for SF. He now is in school to become a physical education teacher and works as a lifeguard. He continues a life of service and seeks to help others in the community. This is why I think her deserves to be recognized. Thank you!

Michael Norman

Military: Marines

I am nominating Mike as he is a hardworking, caring individual. He is always willing to lend a helping hand if it is needed. Mike likes to put everyone before himself to make sure they are happy. He was honorably discharged from the Marines as well.

Dylan Vergot

Military: Army

I am nominating my husband Dylan. He has been out of the military (Army) for a few years now. We have 3 little boys that just absolutely adore their dad. He has had a really tough year. He got diagnosed with leukemia (AML) in march of 2021, and had a bone marrow transplant in august of 2021 and is recovering. This would mean the absolute world to him if he won. During Dylans treatment we downsized and I sold my Jeep so we could have the extra money from it to support our family. This would be absolutely amazing for Dylan and our family we had the opportunity to win.

Margaret Alvarado

First Responder: Police

I am nominating my friend Margaret that is like a daughter to me, because I have seen her struggle as a single mother of three to get to where she is at. Along her journey she found out that her youngest was Autistic and even with the news she kept pushing threw she is the true definition of a fighter. Margaret was eager to fulfill her dreams of becoming a police officer and serving her community with just a short three years on she has done a fabulous job of serving and protecting with recent events of the job and the loss of her dear Aunt she still seems to keep her spirits up and is always putting everyone first. This would be a great relief for her to not have to worry about a car payment and working overtime just to cover the basics. Thank you for your consideration and God bless.

Jermaine Collins

Military: Army

My brother, Jermain was in the United States Army for five years and transitioned to the Army National Gaurd to be close to his family in New York State. Unfortunately, he received a mental disregard when he was seriously injured in a gas tank explosion. The doctors stated that he wasn't expected to live on the day of the accident. Through much prayer, my baby brother is alive. My brother burned over 30% of his body and the severity of the burns was in his right and left hands. The reason why I believe my baby brother is so deserving of this profound gift is that he did not let his disability prevent him from enjoying life. Instead of staying home with a 100% disability level. My brother chose to go into the workforce and became a certified Chief Engneer, I'm so grateful to the Lord for saving the use of his hands. He is now recognized as "Macgyver".

Cody Morrow

Military: Marine

I'm nominating him because all his life he wanted to be a marine like everyone else in his family. Well he was in bootcamp doing medical check up they diagnose him with type 1 diabetes. They had to medically discharge him. He is only 31 years old and now has lot of medical issues because of diabetes. He is a hard worker kind soul person with a big helping heart. He lives alone and has been having very bad luck with car trouble. He can't afford to buy a new one do to all the bills from being diabetic. He really does deserve a break in life and to win this new car.

William Bills

First Responder: Fire Fighter/Rescue Squad

I would like to nominate Bill because of his services to others. He works a full time job placing people with training and ultimately jobs. He has been a member of the Westfield Volunteer Fire department for 25 years. He works very hard, as we try to figure out finances to send our daughter to college, his car has taken the back burner. This will be a need in the very near future. He gives to others everyday, I would love to see him with a safe and good working car. Our current finances will not allow for the purchace of a new car. He worries about getting to his job, but also helping our daughter successfully enter college. He is always taking care of others, it would be amazing to see the stress lifted by receiving a car he can count on to get to his job as well as to the emergency calls. I am hoping who chooses the winner finds him worthy!!

Thomas Rinaldo

Military: Army

My papa is a brave man who served and earned a Purple Heart medal. He was and is a selfless man who truly deserves it.

Michael Hart

Military: Army

I would like to nominate my Dad, Vietnam Veteran & Purple Heart recipient Mike Hart Sr. If you look up the definition of "Stand up guy" in the dictionary, you'd see my Dad's face. My Dad is also a retired NYS Corrections Officer. He spent most of his time on the job, helping fellow officers that were down on their luck or just needed a ear to listen. My Dad has always been proud to be a Veteran & has always taken his role of helping his fellow man very seriously. After his retirement from Corrections, my Dad continued his service to his community by joining the West Seneca Lions Club, something he's been a member of for over 15 years now. He also recently in the past few years joined the local "Order of the Purple Heart" group. A group of fellow men who are mostly Vietnam Vets like himself, who make it their duty to give back to the community. If you asked anyone who knows my Dad, they would say he's one of a kind, a man they are proud to know.

Paul LaForest

Military: Air Force & National Guard Vet

During the 60’s & 70’s Paul LaForest served our country in Vietnam & Taiwan. After returning stateside he was stationed up & down the East coast, Setting roots with the 107th Fighter Interceptor Group @ NFAB; where he also worked with Ejection Seats,Flight suits, Helmets & Repaired, & sewed Parachutes.He was a member of the Air National Guard National Rifle team receiving many Awards. During all this he married his bride Fran; now 50yrs. adopted her 2 sons who both went on to have a career in the US NAVY & also had a daughter. Taking care of them all & to this day Paul cares for his wife with MS & his 97yr old mother, granddaughter & great granddaughter, whom all live with him. He is such a caring man; who gives all his time & attention to his family.

LORRAINE LOGAN

Military: U S Army RET

My mom did everything for me and my siblings and is still giving. She served 23 years and was always there even while deployed. She is a Blessed.

Steven Obanion

Military: Army

Hello, I am nominating my husband for a new van. He is a 20 year retired Army Veteran, who has served overseas and in active duty many times. He has started our black-owned cleaning business and his reasoning behind this was to help make a difference in peoples lives. Hi motto is no dirt left behind and will always stay until the job is completed to the customers standards. He is driving a 2012 Ford Transit van and it is always in need of repairs. I am sure he would love to get a newer vehicle, however, he always puts our family first. I also work outside of the home so we do have a two family income, however, I would like to see him get something that he really needs and does show the appreciation for what he does not only for his family but also for the community. He also hires veterans and people that are down on their luck, he always sees the good in everyone, and is willing to give them a chance.

Billy Huggler

Military: Marines also a Correctional Officer

I am nominating my Husband Billy Huggler because he is an amazing human being! He completed 2 tours in Afghanistan, one major time was during, Fallujah. I can only imagine the things he has done and seen! He is truly our hero! He would give the shirt off his back for anybody! He is also a Correctional Officer, who is waiting to get transferred home to our family! He puts his life on the line everyday and has gotten hurt numerous times while working. My daughter and I miss him a ton and we only see him 2 times a month! A new vehicle to our family would mean the world because he drives back and forth so much! You can ask anybody Billy is an amazing man in many ways than one!

Richard Pierce

Military: US Army

My boyfriend, Rich, served in the US Army for 6 years, which included 2 combat tours. He's not a substance abuse counselor and helps people find sobriety. He's such a caring, smart, hard-working man that the world needs more of. However, life has been hard on him in the past year. He's gone through a divorce, lost his house, had to put his dog (Punkin) down, and basically had to start his entire life from scratch, all while having his own personal physical and mental health issues from his time in the Army. Honestly, I don't know how he does it, all of that isn't enough to stop him from putting a smile on and trying to help people every single day. Now he's having issues with he is Jeep Compass and he has to take it to the shop seemingly monthly. He can't afford a new car right now until he finishes having to pay alimony to his ex-wife, and he's afraid it won't last much longer. Not only is this good timing, but I can't think of a more deserving person. I hope you'll consider him.

John Gorman

Military: Army, National Guard, Erie County Sheriff Deputy

John is a humble man who prefers to lead by example - 2 children following in his footsteps to become law enforcement officials. Very proud to have served his country and continues to serve the community

Cody Morrow

Military: Marines

Cody had to be medically discharged from the service after they found out he had diabetes shortly after boot camp. He was very disappointed because he wanted to make a career out of the service. He is caring and kind and would go out if his way to help anyone. He could use a new reliable vehicle to help him bet back and forth to work.

Kevin Burkley

First Responder: Volunteer Fire Fighter & EMT-B

Kevin has a big heart. He is very passionate about the volunteer fire and ems service. He tries to make every single call he can so that the community we live in has the help they need when they are "having their worst day". Kevin has been a fire fighter since he was a teenager starting in the explorers program. He has held many ranks over the years. Kevin is a genuine good person and loves to serve his community.

Brendon McClain

First Responder: Anesthesia Technician

I would like to nominate my brother, Brendon McClain, an Anesthesia Technician at Mercy Hospital. Throughout the entire pandemic he has worked many hours. Matter of fact, he did not have an opportunity to use his vacation hours because of the need for him to be at work. In addition, he has been in the operating room with patients who were positive with Covid-19. Not one time have I heard my brother complain about risking his health to be at work doing his very important job. In addition to my brother being a dedicated essential worker, he would go to my 99 year old grandmother's house every weekend during the 2020 summer to mow her lawn and wave at her through her window. My brother did not really get to spend quality time with my grandmother from the onset of COVID-19 because her age put her at high risk and then she passed away in November. I think he deserves to have an opportunity to enjoy a small piece of life as he has had many dreams deferred.

Kristen Fleming

Military: Navy

My mom is a Navy veteran. She is a single mom as well and both of those have made her a badass. She was an Aviation Ordnanceman which meant she worked with bombs and rockets while serving. She enlisted in the AO field when it was 99% men at the time. Her strength and attention to detail has carried over to her raising my two brothers and me. She taught us to be strong and independent. She is an X-ray tech as well which has given me some direction to go into the medical field too. My older brother is a United States Marine and his currently stationed at Camp Lejeune. My mom deserves this new car because she works tirelessly to provide for our family. She has worked multiple jobs at at time and long hours including on call to make ends meet. I want to show her how thankful we are to have her as our badass mom. Thank you.

Kristen Fleming

Military: Navy

My mom is a Navy veteran. She is a single mom as well and both of those have made her a badass. She was an Aviation Ordnanceman which meant she worked with bombs and rockets while serving. She enlisted in the AO field when it was 99% men at the time. Her strength and attention to detail has carried over to her raising my two brothers and me. She taught us to be strong and independent. She is an X-ray tech as well which has given me some direction to go into the medical field too. My older brother is a United States Marine and his currently stationed at Camp Lejeune. My mom deserves this new car because she works tirelessly to provide for our family. She has worked multiple jobs at at time and long hours including on call to make ends meet. I want to show her how thankful we are to have her as our badass mom. Thank you.

Brendan Moran

Military: Navy and now first responder (newly graduated)

Brendan is the kind of person who will drop whatever he is doing to help anyone in need. He's got a heart of gold and kept his sunny disposition and humor. He is currently working multiple jobs to have enough money for his wife's IVF treatments so they can be the parents they do desperately deserve to be. He's a one of a kind, even my own son's favorite person ever, the kind anyone would trust with their life.

Harlie Smythe

Military: United States Navy

Served honorably for 8 years, constantly away from home for detachments and deployed overseas once for an around the world tour.

Daniel Nietupski

Military: Army

He's a fantastic person, works hard for the pa fish and boat commission, we recently moved and have been putting a lot of wear and tear on our vehicles. Right before we moved, his truck had someone back into him in a parking lot and left, leaving his tailgate unusable because it would just come off the hing. He's a father of 2 with his kids living about 4 hours away. That puts even more strain on him with his beat up truck to be able to see them. He is an amazing dad, step uncle to my little niece and nephew that adore him, a hard working soon to be son in law to my parents, whom he's been helping at their property, and an amazing parter. We do everything we can to support our local vets as well. He could really use this!!

Ricky Diaz

Military: Doc. Army

As mother to retired military son, would like to nominate my son Ricky Diaz, he has severed 9 years in Army, currently working at Target he walks to and from his apartment and when he has appointments he has to take bus or Uber to VA for his PDST and health reasons. When weather is bad he will ask me to pick him up. Which I don’t mind doing. With a vehicle it will him opportunity to apply for additional jobs. And visit his family. My son has good heart his is like at Target. I hope you would consider my son for Basil Veteran Vehicle. Proud Mom Evelyn

Scott Maines

Military: Usmc

I'm nominating my husband whos a combat veteran, served in 2 deployments to iraq, he suffers from ptsdand major hearing loss, he's also suffering from back pain due to the 80 pound packs they carried daily. My husbands truck was repossessed due to hard times, I'm nominating him because it's would make his dream come true to own a vehicle that isn't always breaking down on him 🙂 he deserves so much more in his life thank you for your consideration very very much, your truly Alishia

Nicholas Coppola

First Responder: NYS Parole

To start, his mini van is nick named the death trap. With his student loans & the price of cars, he couldn’t get approved for a vehicle within his budget. Years ago, he bought a Rav4 from Basil. 4 years ago it was totaled when we were hit head on & flipped 20 yards by a drunk driver. He needed to be able to work so he settled on a vehicle at a rival dealership. It’s been nothing but problems & now a danger. Not only is his job dangerous, but so is his car. He drives me to all of my doctors appts & treatments. And he helps his teen step/adopted daughter take care of her 10 month old baby & travels a lot to play in pool tournaments as a coping mechanism. He deserves to get ahead for a change. His job is stressful enough (I’m not sure what I can say, so I’ll leave it at that). If he can’t win a car, help him get into something safe for everyone to ride in & for work (they often have to use their own vehicles).

Terrell Colburn

First Responder: Paramedic

My son has worked so incredibly hard to become a paramedic, struggling through those courses during the beginning of COVID. He is also a Falconer volunteer fireman and started there as an EMT. He also has a seizure disorder which he did not let stop him when teaching to achieve his goals. When I worry about him going on calls he simply tells me “what would you want me to do if it was your family who needed help”? He truly has accomplished so much!

Peter Pilc

Military: Army

My husband has served the military community for many years in several capacities. After his 35 year military career, he served as a civilian contractor for 10 years as a Family Assistance Specialist serving military families during deployments with many needs, housing, health insurance, utilities, legal issues and many more. He also served as a member of the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court since 2007, developed (JCF) Joining Community Forces in WNY building a network to assist the military community. He has worked in obtaining a Military Lounge at the Buffalo International Airport, became a Adjunct Professor at Daemen College and taught military culture to medical students. Now he is the President of the Strykersville Senior Citizen group for the last 5 years doing the same work. Presently, he just been appointed on the Wyoming County Advisory Council for the Office of the Aging. He has served the community with great initiative and with a positive attitude.

Brianna Betton

First Responder: Certified Nurses Aide

Brianna is a single mom of 5 children who has been a CNA/HHA since 2005 working to serve the elderly community! Over the years she has maintained employment and fulfilled job duties for clients by taking public transportation methods both bus and ride sharing. Nov 2021 after purchasing a vehicle she encountered a natural disaster with a deer coming home from work in Lewiston losing her vehicle without full coverage it has placed Brianna back into a situation where long hours place her be in positions where she is sometimes stranded at work after 3am while waiting for a ride or in some instances unable to get to work for her shifts due to lack of reliable transportation. I attest that vehicles are a necessity when it comes to being able to support the elderly and healthcare based populations because they need individuals such as myself and Brianna available and on time daily to support the living needs they can no longer provide for themselves. In my opinion she deserves this!

Paul Pilc

Military: Army

It is my privilege to recommend and introduce my twin brother Paul Pilc. He is a Viet Nam Veteran, I highly recommend Paul Pilc as a candidate for this recognition. He is an active participant in the Strykersville Senior Citizen Group (VP), Curriers Grange (Subordinate (lecture), County (Master) and State level), Knights of Columbus, and Advisory Council for Sacred Heart & Our Lady of Good Council Churches. He is a self-taught computer expert who assist seniors and neighbors to fix computers, viruses and scams at no charge. Paul also helps his oldest brother (Richard) on his diary farm with repairs, planting and harvesting. Also helps with the distribution of food to any in need from the county program. Anyone that he comes in contact with, if called upon, he will be there to assist no matter the job. He remains as a strong supporter in the civilian sector supporting the community.

Kari Gianadda

First Responder: EMT

My daughter is hard working and driving an old car.

Matthew Till

Military: NAVY

hard working father of two that would benefit from not having a car payment as he supports his family

Cortez Williams

First Responder: Police Officer

Cortez is such a hard working man. He loves his career as a police officer and always makes sure his family is taken care of. His position can be very demanding, but he always manages to have a decent work life balance. Cortez has been saving money for a new let bigger vehicle for our family, so it makes sense to nominate our Buffalo Police hero.

Matthew Wilson

Military: Army

My son Matthew is a member of 82nd Airborne were he serves as a Calvary scout. Matt joined the Army in 2020 after being layed off from the Cheektowaga Youth and Recreation program. Since joining the army Matt has served in Kuwait helping with the many refugees during the Afghanistan troop withdrawal and most recently he spent the last 5 months serving in Poland with our NATO ally’s. Matt is currently driving a Colbolt that once belonged his grandmother. Only being a PFC in the army he is unable to afford a new car.

Denise Puskar

Military: Army

SFC Puskar is an active reserve recruiter for the US Army. She has been a recruiter for 30 plus years and is the current NCOIC for rhe West Seneca recruiting station. She is also the current Commander fir the American Legion Fredonia Memorial Post 59. SFC Puskar has been a leader in the mission for veterans rights, especially female veterans, in our area for some time.

James Dodge

Military: Marine

I am nominating my Dad. As I was growing up my father never spoke of going to Vietnam. I knew he was a marine and served his country and he very proud of it as am I. He taught me to stand during the national anthem take your hats off and be proud to be an American. Several years ago the wall came to Eden. I so wanted to take him. So he went and we looked up a friend who had died. I could see the emotions in his face. Then that national anthem played. My father stood as he had taught me to. And he just sobbed. She sobbed for the loss of life. He sobbed for being proud of his country. To me my father is the real hero.

Nina Deming

Military: Air Force

I am nominating my wife, Nina Deming, who is a current member of the US Air Force of the 914th Air Refueling Wing, Niagara Falls NY with 32 years of military service and is also police officer with the Town of Hamburg Police. She started her military career as active duty, and served 4 years, working as a medical technician. Currently, my wife is an E-8 Senior Master Sergeant assigned to the 914 Logistics Readiness Squadron where she is the Senior Enlisted advisor. An additional, volunteer duty is serving on 914th ARW Base Honor Guard and has done numerous funeral services for deceased veterans along with parades and sporting events. As a 17 year veteran of the Town of Hamburg Police. My wife is a member of the police honor guard and is also a member of the Town of Hamburg domestic violence board. She has been recognized numerous times for her job performance. She recently will be receiving a statewide award for saving a local EMS Chief.

James Forti

Military: Army

My husband Jim loves our country. Even after being wounded in Vietnam he would have gone back in if he was called. He is an awesome husband, father and friend to many

Karl Taltos

Military: Army Medic

Karl was as an Army Medic during Vietnam who saved countless lives. He was born in Hungary and did not obtain American citizenship until after Vietnam.

Leonard Recore

Military: Army

My dad is going to be 75 July 9th 2022. He has been working daily on fixing his 84 Chevy wagon. My dad has always been the man who stops what he has been doing to help anyone when they ask. He has raised me by himself since I was about 4 years old when my mom passed away. To see him in a reliable vehicle would make my dreams come true. Knowing he would never have to fix or work on his car again and would be able to drive places without worrying his vehicle would break down. My dad grew up as the oldest of 9, went and fought in the Vietnam War and is the most amazing man I have been blessed to be around. He is also my best friend and the best grandfather to my 2 boys. I couldn't of asked for a better role model to my children. My oldest who is 14 actually decided he wanted to join the military because of his grandpa and is actively involved and joined CAP ( Civil Air Patrol) so he can be just like his grandfather.

Ericson Claridad

Military: Army

Ericson has served as a proud member of the United States Army for 17 years. He has served several deployments overseas during a time of war, making the country and our family incredibly proud and grateful for his sacrifices. He and his family are no strangers to moving across the country, where they now find themselves in NY (originally from Hawaii). He is beyond deserving of any honor or gift, which is why I am nominating him for this incredible opportunity.

Jordan Lengel

First Responder: Buffalo Police Department

My daughter has a masters degree in psychology and she chooses to be a police officer. She is the kind of officer the public needs. She has skills that go beyond what the average officer has and she uses them every day on the job to make her community better and safer. And she is rarely thanked. Ans as most officers are she is underpaid for yhe job she does and the risks attached to it.

Matthew SAUNDERS

Military: Army and Air Force and Custom and Border protection

Im nominating him before he always puts everyone else before himself. He has a autistic son but he still went to the southern border for 90 days to help down there. He tried to call everyday but sometimes it didn't work. He gave up his dream to be a video game maker to work for Customs. He was deployed twice to Iraq and gets nothing from the VA.

Matthew Saunders

Military: Army, Air Force, Border Protection

Matthew served in the army for 4 1/2 years, 1/2 of which was spent in Iraq. After the Army He join the Air Force Reserves for 2 years. And had been on the Border for over 8 years. He's a hard worker and Loves his country.

James Hawk-Odebralski

Military: Navy

James is my son in law. My son and son in law opened up their home to 3 Beautiful Children which they adopted. They are all siblings. They are 10,8 and 6. James and his family want to discover the USA but would need a bigger vehicle for these growing family. James is a caring person and loves his growing family.

Phillip Odebralski

First Responder: Corrections Officer

I’m nominating my son Phillip Odebralski. He is a NY State Correction Officer. Correction Officers are the unsung hero’s. They keep order in the prisons keeping the “incarcerated safe”. But my question is who keeps the Corrections Officers safe, NY needs to change laws. This mom salutes all Corrections Officers for putting their lives.

Anthony Burdzy

Military: US Air Force

My husband, AJ, did ten years in the USAF before landing a career with the Erie County Sheriffs Office and has been a Deputy in for almost 30 years now. He served during a time of war supporting Operation Desert Storm and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. While serving, he was hit by an armored truck and since then had had his share of physical health issues stemming from that. The VA has declared him 70% disabled with more claims to come. Between war, and the Sheriff’s Office, he has seen and done so much that even to this day he has demons that he fights with PTSD. He works hard and supports everyone and is willing to give the shirt off his back for basically anyone. He is my best friend who supports me in my current Military Career with the Air Force and I would love nothing more than to give back to him not only what he has given me, but what he has given to his kids and so many others.

David Zobrist

Military: Army

My dad through the years has been through a lot, when i was really little my dad was struggling with money and finding a good house for me and him. He has four kids including me and he's working really hard to give us a good life. He is an amazing father, me and my brothers love him so much! My dad is a sweet, caring, and funny person. He is also very brave a could do anything to help people!

Charles Schepp

Military: Navy

Charles is one of the most caring and loving men you could ever meet. He is constantly there for his family and friends. Charles is a Vietnam Navy veteran and comes from a long line of Navy veterans. Charles returned from Vietnam in 1969. After returning home he married a woman and helped raise her children and grandchildren. He always wished to have had a child of his own. In 2018, his wish was granted when he learned he was the father of a young man 45 years old and a grand daughter 18. Charles packed up his whole life to move from Louisiana to Niagara Falls to be a father and grandfather to his newly found family. He gives his everything to make up lost time with his family everyday. His son and family have stood by his side as he has battled and beaten cancer not once but now 3 times. He loves his family and country above everything.

Finn O’Brien

Military: USMC

My son, Finn, enlisted in the Marine Corps right out of college. He grew up as a Marine Corps brat (my husband was an active duty Marine all during Finn’s childhood). He has been all too aware of the sacrifices of our service members but he wanted to serve his country anyway. Finn was born just a few weeks before 9/11 and grew up hearing the stories of where his dad was at the time, where our friends were, and where he was as a baby. He knows how lucky he is to be an American and spent his childhood looking forward to the time he could enlist. Finn was offered an NROTC scholarship that would pay for him to go to college. He turned it down because he didn’t want no to wait four years to be a Marine. As a Marine, Finn takes good care of his men and never spares an expense when it comes to the needs of his fellow Maribes. As a result, he hasn’t saved for a vehicle and he now has more responsibilities as a Marine. He could do more for his men if he had a vehicle to help them.

Rachel Tremblay

First Responder: EMT, EMT Captain

Rachel is the very first person I thought of. She is a mother of 5, including one very special young man who will forever need her care. She has a husband who has had 2 battles with cancer, including a recent stint in the hospital/another scare. She manages her home, her work, the firehall and being an EMT. Oh and did I mention she also serves on the board for the firehall too? I want to be just like her when I grown up 😉

DaJuan Brown

First Responder: Deputy shierff

Bc they work hard always helping out the community giving there last. Is a very kind person a Beverly lovable person Dajuan is always there for for everyone and will do anything to meet there need before his I know he deserves this. Even when his son was sick dying. Form cancer he was still being there for others and not complaining

Eric Milks

Military: Marines and also police officer

I am nominating my son Eric to receive a new vehicle as I feel he is deserving. Eric went into the Marines at age 18. Six months later he was sailing on a boat to Iraq where he stayed for 9 months. Then off to Africa and back to Iraq for another tour of duty. Upon returning 9 months later he became an instructor to teach incoming officers. He was then off to California to serve. While there he became ill with internal issues. They could not find the causes so he was honorably discharged. Back to school to find a new career. Eventually landing a job as a police officer. Now employed with the NFTA and Eden police department.He has a family with 3 children he supports with his wife. He has not been able to buy a new car with all the financial commitments he has. He drives a vehicle that is 14 years old constantly needing repairs. If I had the money I could buy him a new one. wife drives a van that is 12 years old constantly needing repair also. Life would be wonderful.

Alicia Gorka

First Responder: NYS Trooper

I am nominating Alicia Gorka because she is a new NYS Trooper who has only been on the job two months when someone pulled right in front of her totaling her car on her way to work. She broke both ankles, has punctures to her knees and his currently out of work for the next six months (5 months left - accident was in May). She is currently going through physical therapy to be able to get back to a job that most would not want in this day and age. She was devastated when this happened as she was/is ready to get back out there serving and protecting NYS communities. She does not have much time off built up because she's only been physically on the job two months and a new vehicle would help out so, so much. Thank you for your consideration of awarding her with a new vehicle as she is very deserving, as I'm sure your other nominees are. She is hard working, dedicated, kind and respectful.

Kane Jennings

First Responder: Police

I’m nominating my husband kane, he is not only a first responder as a buffalo police officer, but he’s also in the army reserves and is fully committed to both. He always goes above and beyond for family, friends, and doing his job to the best of his abilities. He would absolutely be thrilled with even the thought of winning a new car.

Justin Spengler

Military: Navy

Justin is veteran. He served as a corpsman In Great Lakes for 2 years where he also volunteered his time to do security forces. He was also stationed in camp lejeune for 5 years. He earned his Fmf pin on camp Johnson while stationed in lejeune. He helped train the 24th meu. Worked in second eod, on training Exercises. He served his time and has made multiple life long memories and family along the way.

Jared Sterner

First Responder: EMT- Nurse- Past Chief of Village of Hamburg Fire Department & now still active as a Lt.

Jared is not a man of many words, he gives all without a hesitation. He is the most giving, caring person we all know. Jared has worked for AMR for several years, prior to continuing his education for Nursing. He currently works at ECMC Er & received nurse of month of July in 2021 & still very active in the community as a Volunteer Firefighter, which he received 2020 Firemen of the year for his dedication to the community and department. Jared has seen and has encountered our worst nightmares without hesitation to do his best and provide services with what we see on a daily with tragedies, fires,mental health problems and just being the friend to go to when we need to ask a question! I believe and others believes that he is the most kind, caring dedicated person and that’s why we nominate Jared for his selfless act of dedication to our community and would be great to give back our appreciation to him!! Go Bills!!

Ruddy Rodriguez

First Responder: Paramedic

Ruddy bas been a medic for over 20 years now. He has dedicated his time and service to his community and has continued to be selfless throughout his career. He is an amazing person and his light always shines through even on his bad days. Ruddy’s patient care is stellar and he commits a lot of time outside of his scheduled hours to show up at events, charities and even meet with children and families. Ruddy should be nominated because he continues to put others first, he provides amazing medical care and continues to improve upon his knowledge as different medical advancements come about. He also treats all his patients with care and compassion as if they were his very own family. He also has a beautiful dog and is known in Tonawanda to always walk with his dog who happens to be just as nice as he is.

Matthew Walsh

Military: Army

My brother is an amazing man who does everything for everyone. He became a Corrections Officer and currently drives from near Buffalo down towards New York City every couple of weeks so he can see his wife and daughter. He got in an accident this winter heading home to see them and it totaled his vehicle. He is a hardworking sweet man who does everything for his family and he deserves a new vehicle.

Brandon Gregory

Military: Army

Enlisting right before 911 occurred in 2001, Brandon endured multiple tours overseas. During his final tour his vechile was hit by iud leaving him unable to return to combat. After 4 years of fighting for his beloved country he was left to be sent home to start over. He has over come alot during his transition back to the US. From ptsd, bodily injuries from combat, social anxiety, and just trying to find his way in life after only knowing how to live one way for so many years with the army. We have 1 beautiful 3 year old boy and another on the way! We just moved into a house finally using his VA loan which saved us from renting again and again. We share a vechile because we cannot afford to buy another in today's economy. We had two vechiles, but we were forced to sell one to try to forfil a dream of his of becoming a helicopter pilot. We moved across the US for a school in Portland, OR. Everything was looking up! Only 2 ave one of his war injuries to stop him from being able to fly.

Michelle Hinze

First Responder: Nurse

She is always the very first person to offer her help no matter what it us. Picking up extra shifts, helping other employees out with patients, very up going hardest working woman I have ever meet!!!! Started with kids to roofing to a fanominal nurse, mom, nana,friend ANYONE COULD ASK FOR!!!!! She has been taking care of me for almost 2vyears after my car accident on top of working and parenting to grandparenting!!!! She will give the shirt off of her back for ANYONE!!!! Her car is getting alot of miles on it from helping and schooling to always going into work on her off time to help out!!! With me not being able to work She has stepped up so much and I feel horrible 😞 😔 I was always the bread bringing into our household 😔 😪 😢 it hurts me alot to see her having to do it!!!!

Timothy Shotwell

Military: Airforce

My husband retired with 31 years of service 6 years active balance in the reserves. He has never had a new vehicle as he always put his wife and kids first with a reliable vehicle. He has sacrificed for his country and family and would be ecstatic to drive a car that is not 17 years old!

Seth Shepard

Military: Marine corps

1000 characters is not enough to tell you how deserving my husband is, but I will. My husband, Seth, was deployed to Afghanistan in early 2010 and in august of that year I had our first daughter. He came home when she was 2 months old. We had our second daughter in January of 2012. We realized we needed a second vehicle so I didn’t have to wake up the babies at 3/4am to drive him to work on base if I needed the car. He chose a used Chevy avalanche. It was the only truck we could afford, and we barely could afford it. We made it work and he has had that truck since 2012. He has put so much money and work into it but it’s not holding up like it used to. It’s 18 years old and the windows don’t roll down, doors stick and the tailgate has to be ratchet strapped up. He never complains about it. He is so proud of how far this truck has taken us in our life. We have 4 daughters now and we are foster parents. He drives an hour each way to work every day. He is an amazing father and husband.

Felicia Cruz

Military: Marines

My daughter was a single mom and Sgt in the USMC during operation freedom, she is one of the first combat veterans serving Frontline in Iraq. She served over 7 years active service and now is a social worker . She also is raising her nephew since age of 5, now 18

Marguerite Cruz

First Responder: Reg. Nurse

My mom is an Rn for 30 yrs. She wasa covid nurse all 3 rounds, even after suffering a heart attack and getting 3 stents she returned 30 days later to covid nursing at BGH. She currently has a progressive non curable disease of PBC but is still working. Her car has 245,000 miles on it. She deserves this

Brian Zwawa

First Responder: State Trooper

Brian takes great joy in helping others. In the sparse free time he has, I’ve witnessed him on numerous occasions helping the neighborhood with everything from pool repairs to snow blowing. Brian often checks on elderly neighbors and offers assistance. In addition, he happily donates to many local charities and causes. I am so honored to nominate Brian for this award to highlight the good work and selfless deeds he performs on a regular basis.

Malysa Battaglia

Military: National Guard Army Captain

I am nominating Malysa because she is deserving and in need of a dependable new vehicle to drive safely in. Malysa was assigned to the Long Island COVID testing and used her car to return home as much as possible to see her twins, Jack and London. Malysa also ran errands for the Army using her private vehicle. She just went 2.5 months w/put her vehicle due to severe engine damage and it was a failed attempt at the repairs that cost her near $4,000. She borrowed a vehicle w/ limited access. Malysa is being deployed to Germany this July and will not have any vehicle to come home to. Malysa has been dedicated & committed to serve our country for 12 yrs now and is also a loving, responsible mother of 4 yr. old twins. I hope Malysa is chosen to drive one of Basil's beautiful & dependable vehicles so it can help her not worry how to transport her children and arrive safely, please.

Ryan Olszewski

Military: Marine Corps

Ryan is an amazing father, husband and friend. I met him through my husband, his best friend since kindergarten. Ryan served for years in the Marine Corps and is very proud of his service. To this day, he will drop anything for those in his life if they need help. He worked incredibly hard to become a steam fitter so he could provide for his family. He has a wife and two beautiful daughters that mean the world to him. His oldest is his step daughter, which he’s taken in as his own. Ryan is modest and humble, and would never nominate himself for something like this, but he not only deserves to be recognized, but gifted with a new car. I know it would mean a ton to their family.

Roy Wagoner sr

First Responder: Fire

We would like to nominate are chief 2 (Roy) Roy has been volunteering for all most 30 yrs and is still doing it on a minute notice and when he's not doing that he is all ways helping someone know madar what time of day he's all ways ready to go and help his when thy call him or when the pager gos off Roy could use a new ride but we thank him for all the time he has put in and we thank you for giving a new ride to someone and also thank you for giving to are military thank you for all that you do

Calvin Fain

Military: US Air Force

Calvin is a retired veteran after serving our country for 20 years in the US Air Force. He is a 100% service connected disabled veteran who received a heart transplant on October 3, 2015. Calvin has held several positions for veterans organizations throughout Chautauqua County. He is a man of faith and has given endless others a helping hand without question. He continues to help other veterans through the transition from military life to civilian life. Cal Fain is a proud veteran who is known to many throughout Chautauqua County and Wester New York.

Calvin Fain

Military: Air Force

A 20 year veteran of the United States Air Force who loved what he did, but due to cardiac issues related to active duty forced him to retire earlier that he would of liked to. A generous and giving man to all those who have served and continue to serve, assisting and guiding those to receive their benefits they have earned. Actively participates in the Dwyer Peer to Peer veterans program. A man who has got a second chance at life, due to a selfless individual donating their heart, and continues to put others ahead of himself.

Michael LiVecche

Military: Army

I am nominating Michael LiVecche, because he always goes above and beyond for his fellow soldiers. He’s always there to help them and make sure they continue to succeed in all that they do. If someone is ever in need Michael is always there to help them right away. I believe he is very deserving of this for always giving so much to help others and always putting them first.

Malysa Battaglia

Military: National Guard Army

Malysa has always been caring, dedicated & responsible her entire life. Malysa is now in her 12th year serving our country. She is a mother of 4 year old twins Jack & London and has been assigned to work the Long Island COVID testing site and other duties w great leadership. She has traveled daily with her vehicle that just cost over $4,100. In engine and emissions repair that was a failure to operate reliably-even after repairs that can't pass NY inspection. She is being deployed to Germany. Malysa has no reliable means of transportation now or when she returns home for her to maintain her own transportation. This hardship & struggle has been extremely stressful & heartbreaking. I believe that Malysa Mae Battaglia is very deserving and in need to be chosen by Basil to drive and arrive proudly in a dependable new vehicle for service & dedication to her family and country.

Michael Jones

Military: ARMY VETERAN

my husband is a 65 year old disabled Veteran who constantly shows unselfishness in helping others all the time. Eventhough he's disabled he constantly helps the elderly people that live around us. I couldn't see myself not nominating him.

Mary Elizabeth Eustace

First Responder: EMT- Nurse

My niece, Mary, was trained in EMT at Hamburg High School, and became one of the few woman servicing as an EMT in the Hamburg Fire Department. This gave her inspiration to apply and was accepted to ECC, and then into the A.A.S. Nursing program. She went on to Daemen College where she obtained her B.S. in Nursing, and then her N.P. degree. She is very dedicated and wants to save every life that she can. Besides serving on the Hamburg ambulance, and taking care of every type of medical emergency from minor to major. Mary works at Roswell Park as an N.P. It is very difficult work, and wears on her as she has to tell patients and families that they are in there final days, discussing Health Proxy procedures, and comforting dying patients in their final days. Some of the patient deaths, weigh heavily on her. Mary is in need of a new vehicle (an SUV) would be perfect. Her old Chevy Impala, has over 100,000 miles and is from her college days. She needs a reliable vehicle to respond.

Cameron Mabb

Military: Army

He was a great leader and mentor before he was medically retired. His current vehicle is not suitable for him anymore and deserves a new car for everything he has sacrificed. He also just had a baby and a new truck or suv would be great to help him

Benjamin Brassard

Military: Army

My husband and I are dual military. He has worked so hard this year attended multiple military schools, has multiple state missions and a veteran of Afghanistan. We are expecting are third child after trying for 7 years and could use N upgrade. Plus I love him and he will LwYs be my mentor and hero to our 2 daughters Nd now finally a son

Ireland CARBONE

Military: USAF

my daughter grew up in a house with an abusive father and brother with substance abuse problem. She has dealt with so much trauma including having her items stolen, money stolen as well as her vehicle. She dealt with physical and verbal abuse by her father. Ireland was able to keep herself out of trouble. She joined the military in spite of her concern of my safety.

Patrick Moran

First Responder: Fire dispacher

Does his work very professional always willing to help out. Received an award for the November storm. Received an award for a call that he was the key person on saving a women and her grandchild.

Nathan Kwandras

Military: Army 3rd Cav

Nathan served 4 years as active duty. He deployed to Afghanistan and Syria during his military career. Nathan is currently trying to pay his way through college and having a new car could help him get to school and work.

jay smith

Military: navy

hard worker

Robert Baker

Military: Navy

Robert is a 55 yr old Navy Veteran and also a First Responder for Olcott Fire Company. He struggles to work and care for his two twin granddaughters that we took in when they were only four days old. He is also in dire need of a new car to drive back and forth to work as the driver door doesnt open anymore.

Hector Cruz Garcia

Military: Army

SSG Cruz served for 17 years since been 17 years old. He has endure multiple situations during his time in the military from losing his own soldiers to losing people who became friends and change his life for better. Up to this day he has retired soldiers thanking him for everything he did for him and it makes him proud Ben he needs it the most. He is always thinking on how to help his soldiers still even do he has been retired since 2017.

John Murray

Military: Marine, BFD, VA nurse, traveling nurse

John is an amazing person who goes out of his to help the community in various ways. He is a former Marine 2 tours of duty, Buffalo Fire fighter, VA nurse and a traveling nurse. He goes out of his way to help anyone. He is always working and putting others first. Recently his suv was totaled by a hit and run driver. There isn’t anyone I know more worthy of this gift. Thank you for your time

Patrick Gorman SR.

Military: USMC, Vietnam

Being young, going to war in Vietnam, seeing horror and unmistakable terror every minute. When our Vietnam veterans came home, they were protested against, sput on, things thrown at them when the came back home to America. My fathers values he brought home got stolen from him, in late 1980s we had a house fire, we/he lost everything. He is a great man who has seen the worst in the world, not only in Vietnam, but living in BLO, he never gave up, and was my rock during my 3 cancer battles and his 4 grandchildren adore him . I can go on, on , in depth in things but he deserves something that will move him and show him how much he is loved by all. Always helps and goes out his way for others, many times being burned by them. I nominate my fathet

Robert Soluri

First Responder: Firefighter/EMT

My son over the past 28 years has dedicated his life for others despite the fact he has had 3 neck surgeries 5 knee surgeries and now has to have 2 back surgeries due to his career..my son also has multiple medical problems that doesn’t slow him down like the doctors say he should my son has worked multiple jobs at a time and is a single parent with full custody of his 17 year old daughter just to support her and has never asked for help in all those years

David Wasiura

First Responder: Erie county deputy sheriff

He is always the first to be a helping hand. Was in the volunteer fire department in west seneca for many years and had to resign when we got married, as we had at the time, my two year old son, who Dave adopted :), so now he is our son!!! He works many hours providing and serving the county and let me tell you, the man never complains. He volunteers coaching at our 3 kids sporting ( baseball/softball)I would love for him to win, as a token of appreciation for all his hard work. God Bless.

Natasha Dennard-McDade

First Responder: RN

My mother is a RN who I think deserves this nomination because of the hard work she does and the dedication that she have for her family. She worked during the height of Covid while battling a chronic illness only to be fired because her job wouldn’t accept her medical exemption and she also look out for my grandparents who have health issues as well. She’s so deserving of so much and I wish that I could give her the world, but at least this nomination is a start.

Justin DiPasquale

First Responder: Corrections/Fire

I see the hard work and stresses of the jobs he does. Corrections officers get not a lot of acknowledgment for the role they play in public safety all they deal with on a daily basis.

John Murray

First Responder: United States Marine Corps / City of Buffalo Fire Department

John Murray served in the United States Marine Corp from 2003-2007 out of Camp Lejeune in the infantry. During those years he deployed to Fallujah Iraq for eight months and Ramadi Iraq for ten months. After he was honorably discharged he started looking for work. During that time it was difficult to find a job so he went to Erie Community College and started using his GI Bill. John took the civil service test in 2009 for City of Buffalo Fire Department. He was hired September 2009 and is currently employed as a fire fighter in a high volume neighborhood within the City. John obtained his EMT at this time and fell in love with the medical field. After probation was over John went to nursing school at ECC and has worked as an RN at the Veteran Affairs hospital since 2014 and currently works in the ER. He has balanced Fire Fighting and nursing for 11 years. John's parked SUV was totaled someone fled and it has been stressful on him and he currently needs a vehicle.

Nicholas Steck

Military: Army

Has hit a rough patch with his truck and could use the help!

Jerome Burns

First Responder: Firefighter, Buffalo Fire Department

Jerome Burns is an asset to the Buffalo Fire Department. He has excellent work ethic and is ready to risk his life for his community while working alongside his team members.

Joe Suto jr

Military: Army

I am nominating my husband because he is one of the most selfless people I know. He goes over and beyond for everyone. He served 22 years in the Army and served many over sea tours. He spent most of his career being a mentor to many of his soldiers and still advises them today. He is currently working full time and spends his free time volunteering for meals on wheels, he’s on the board and honor guard of vfw post 1419 and is on the town of Hamburg veterans committee. I wish I could show him how grateful I am for him and all the good he does.. this would be amazing!

Ronald Morin

Military: Marines

My dear friend had tried so hard to help others and placed him self on the back burner, he needs a reliable vehicle to get back an forth to work as well as drive an hr away from home to help both his very sick parents. His mama has mutimaloma and his dad has heart problems thats slowed him down. His dad was taken care of his wife now he needs his son to help them both. Ronnie needs to this so bad an it would help out the family so very much. He has a truck that needs so much work an as I am writing this Ronnie won't be able to make it to help his parents because he now had to do a driveshalf it's never ending with this truck 🙁

Wendy Hamacher

First Responder: Criminal Bureau - Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office

Wendy A. Hamacher is a 18 year veteran at The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office and my sister! She currently is assigned to the Criminal Bureau as an Investigator however she has held several positions within the organization. She started out on road patrol and has worked her way up to Investigator. I have always felt this was a major accomplishment especially in such a male dominated field. I can assure you she has the most amazing work ethic, determination, strength and wonderful personality. 1000 characters is not enough to describe her love, passion and willingness to make her community a safe place for ALL residence. Wendy has received several awards throughout her career. She has always given 110% even it meant working weekends, nights and holidays. She is a single mother to my amazing nephew, Scott. I strongly recommend my sister for The Basil Vehicles for Vets and First Responders because she is well deserving. Thank you, Kristy! Let's go Buffalo!!

Shawn Love

First Responder: Medical assistant

Shawn is a hard working single mother of 3. She works every day to provide for her family. Shawn does so much for everyone and deserve something nice to be done for her.

Domenic Senese

First Responder: Niagara Falls Police Department- Police officer

I am nominating officer Senese because recently he was in a life threatening position while getting stabbed in the line of duty. Officer Senese goes above and beyond for his community during every shift, he is very selfless in all of his duties at work. He is more than worthy of a nomination for this opportunity due to all of his endless acts of kindness and non-stop serving and protecting the ones around him.

Denise Nash

First Responder: Fire and rescue ems

Omg where to begin? Denise has been a volunteer firefighter and EMS worker for many years at Doyle hose on William Street in cheektowaga 14206. This woman is absolutely amazing...she goes above and beyond her job..She has assisted my elderly terminally ill mother on several occasions. My mom is dying, lived alone and has had 3 serious falls since August 2021. Denise has been to the calls, she has changed my moms briefs and clothes after accidents, made sure to dress her appropriately when going out into weather to the ambulances, has kept an.upbeat positive way with mom. She gave me her personal cell number to alert me at work.if any calls went to.my moms address, as 2 did and I got there much faster. Denise is a giver and a caring soul. She is not rich and works paycheck to paycheck...while volunteering all hours....she's amazing and I am blessed for what she has done for my mama. ❤ please please let her win....you won't be disappointed! I promise you! Thanks!

Mathew Springer

Military: Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant

Mathew has wanted to be a Marine and fight for our country since 9/11, even though he was only 9 years old at the time. He kept his word and made this his only life plan, leaving for bootcamp right after high school graduation on 7/12/2010 (12 yrs ago today!). He did so well that he earned multiple meritorious promotions and Marine of the year in 2012 in Quantico, VA. He's deployed multiple times to the middle east. He never hesitates to help people no matter what the needs are, big or small. Mathew is dedicated to his family, his country, the Marine Corps and mostly, to God! He is very humble and doesn't ever ask for anything for himself (even as a child, he rarely asked for material things). He bought a car from Basil in 2020 but it was so I ( his mom ) had something dependable to get me to my job. He is still driving a 2008 Pontiac which he's owned for the last decade or so and there's no other more deserving Military person I know than Mathew.

Elias Martinez

Military: Army

At the age of 18 my only son left me and his two sisters to serve our country. He said I raised him and his sisters alone their whole life and it's now his turn to provide for us. At such a young age like many, he took on the role of protecting and providing for us. Something I never wanted him to do. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is strong for so many people not just his sisters and I. I am proud of the young man he has become. He set his youth aside for his family and friends and has inspired many young adults to join the services as well and give themselves and family a better life.

Daniel Lancon

Military: Air Force, STAT transport Respiratory Therapist

My father, new grandpa, 13 year vet who served for the US Air Force and is currently a STAT transport respiratory therapist for Oishei Children’s Hospital. He’s been working at Children’s for 29 years and is more than deserving of the chance to win the prize. His current job is keeping sick children live as long as possible manually or through a respirator, and it pays a toll on his physical disability. He has to use my great aunts car (2000 Chevy Lumina) to get to work because of a car wreck 2 years ago. He sometimes has to get driven to work. My 64 old dad served the Air Force, stationed in Okinawa Japan, New Mexico, Denver, As a mechanic on F15s and was a Recruiter locally before starting his career as a respiratory therapist. He has played a crucial role in raising family and watches is grandson whenever he’s not working up to 8 hours a day5 days a week. If anyone deserves a chance my dad, now grandpa of soon to be 2 baby boys deserves the chance. Thank you for your consideration.

Brandon McCall

Military: Sgt. in the marine corp

Brandon is literally the backbone of our family. He’s kind, considerate, compassionate, and he bends over backwards for EVERYONE in our family. I was in a terrible car accident last year and totaled my truck. Brandon has been helping me financially, taking me to doctors appointments and watching my children while I am in treatment, all in his own personal vehicle. He never asks for or accepts gas money or any payment. He does all this all while being the sole provider for his family and working 70+ hours a week. While he was in the military, our mother fell on hard times and without giving it a second thought he took her and our little brother in and cared for her until she was well, and able to find a new job. He’s ALWAYS there for us no matter what. I just hope that he one day knows how much we love and appreciate him.

Brandon McCall

Military: Marine Corps

Brandon is my husband and he always puts everyone else before himself. After his deployment he came back home to Buffalo and helped his family and mine. He is always on the go with work and helping people no matter how difficult it is. We’re a family of 5 and he is the sole provider for our family after I recently went through a complicated pregnancy and delivery. He never complains though and is always willing to and ready to do what ever he can to help.

Brandon Barker

Military: Marine

Brandon is both a fire fighter AND Military veteran. He has toured in Iraq, and several other countries in the name of liberty and freedom. Since he joined the military, he had a son who he took care of all on his own, and is turning out to be a lovely young man. Brandon hurt himself responding to a fire last year andhas been going to treatment and training so that he could get back into saving lives. He is so selfless, and he helps anyone he can in any way possible. I am SO proud of him and all of his accomplishments and I hope he knows how appreciated he is in our community.

Brandon McCall

Military: Marine Corps

Brandon has dedicated his life to helping other people. Since a child, all he wanted to be was a marine. When I was a reckless teen, him and my sister took me in and took care of me and he helped me become a better person.

John Murray

Military: Marines

He is a marine and a 1st responder for the Buffalo Fire department. He is a great caring great person. Still cares for veterans as a nurse at the VA as well marine vet and Buffalo Firefighter.

Kyle Chapman

Military: Navy

I would like to nominate my husband for this because he is one of the hardest working man that I know. He has spent 7 years in the Navy Reserve and balanced a work life and home life. We have been together for almost 8 years now and he’s always taken care of our family. He loves this country and the people in it, id love to see him with a big smile on his face if he wins!

Bradley Burke

Military: Army

My Father Brad is 75 years old.. Hes a hardworking man that has always put others before himself and his personal safety. Prior to his Service in the Army, he was in law enforcement for many years putting his life on the line in a bad neighborhood. While in the Service, He was stabbed and should of received a Purple Heart. The incident was never recorded so he was denied. The reason I'm nominating him about this vehicle is he only has a 22 year old Jeep thats literally falling apart. No lie, zip ties and duct tape,bumpers falling off,cant even open the swing gate because it will fall off or not close. He lives in the mountains of springville/ashford hollow. He gets blasted in many feet of snow most of the year and lives up a small mountain. This is his only vehicle. He is in desperate need.

Jason Bueme

Military: Navy & Army

My son has severe ptsd after 3 tours of duty. His spouse filed for divorce. This caused a cascade of him losing his job, fully disabled, & having to sell his car. After 3 yrs he’s worked hard to get mentally & physically healthy. He now has a part time job and no car. His little girl is 11. He takes an Uber or walks everywhere. This would be life changing for him and his daughter. Please consider him. He’s a great dad, son, & friend to many. Helps everyone. Needs a break in life. Thank you for your consideration with this entry.

Roy Wagoner

First Responder: Chief

Well I would first like to say thank for this! Second my dad deserves this he has spent 30+ years in the first responding he's dedicated so much time to the volunteer and our community that he can't get back and I couldn't be happier that my dad chose this I followed in his footsteps and myself became a volunteer.. he's the most selfless gentle caring man you could ever meet! And with all the great he has done to our community he has been struck in with bad news as today 7/13/2022 between the hours of midnight and 3 am his truck was stolen! Without his keys and it being locked they somehow were able to steal it!! My heartbreaks for him! Hes 60+ years old still volunteering and as a chief! All his gear was in his truck! His chief radio and portable radio plus his tools and really his Lively hood! I pray who ever did this realizes this and I hope the never have to save a life! Thank you for the opportunity and God bless!

JOHN NOICERA

Military: NAVY

My husband was a COMBAT CORPSMAN { MEDIC } with the 1st MARINE DIVISION IN VIET NAM 1967-1968 . Was in VIET NAM for TET OFFENSIVE . My husband is 100 % Disabled from Viet Nam .`````````````````````````````

Howard Ehrhardt

Military: Army

My dad is a Vietnam veteran. He always says if he was called back he would go. His dad Howard ehrhardt Sr was a ww2 hero. My dad is kind to everyone and deserves a vehicle.

Joseph Park

Military: United States Marine Corps

He is a loving husband, father, dad, provider for all of his children. Biological and Step. He goes above and beyond to be in all places at once where ever his kids are and need or want him to be. I couldn't ask for a better man than he is for all of us and what he has done and is doing for his family and community.

Cody Stoddard

Military: Air Force

Hard working soldier and father of two, joined the service to better his life and get away from the bad choices that others around him we’re making. Takes great care of his wife and children but struggling sine they came back to the States financially.

James Bonnas

Military: Marine Corps

This is my son. His father and I consented for him to train with the Marines when he was 17 and he did delayed entry until he turned 18. He graduated from high school early. He served 2 tours in Afghanistan. During his first tour he missed his eldest twin daughters being born. I got to be with his wife during the delivery though. He’s since had 2 more daughters, the last was born 6/25/22. He’s now a lineman apprentice. During that training he was nominated for the highest honor, the Eagle award. He’s the hardest working person I know! He would also give you the shirt off his back. His wife is currently in school for her Masters degree in nursing program with a new born.

Marie Lourdes Bringhurst

Military: Army

Marie is was born in Haiti and came to America at the age of 19 to study nursing. Now a U.S. citizen, she has been practicing nursing for over 20 years. She joined the Untied States Army 14 years ago and has been deployed five times to Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Germany. She was awarded the Army Achievement Medal five times including a 2020 award with “C” device for recognition of meritorious service under combat conditions in Afghanistan. She will be leaving for a 6th deployment this Winter. She is a single mother of three young men, all of whom have served or are currently serving in the United States Military following in her footsteps. Marie has devoted her entire adult life to serving the sick and defending our Nation. She is an inspiration to me and I will be incredibly proud to call her my wife before the end of the Summer. Thank you for your consideration in honoring Major Marie Lourdes Bringhurst with you Vehicles for Vets program.

John Murray

Military: Marines

John is an amazing guy, not only did he serve our country but also is a buffalo fireman working on the city's east side, and if that's not enough he is also a registered nurse working for the veterans hospital. His whole life is dedicated to taking care of others.

John Pacholczak

Military: Air Force

I am nominating my husband John. Be is one of the most giving people. John has been through so many health issues including prostate and a continuing issue with skin cancer. He is sixty nine years old and still works at Lombardo Funeral home because he loves people and offers a smile or a hug ....oh and a ride in the company golf cart...to people in need. He is 100% a people person and no matter how HE is feeling..he gets up..dresses up and is there for all. He is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and the BEST Grandpa! Please consider John, as he drives a 2006 Ford Taurus that we call the rust bucket thats floor has a hole in it. Thank you for your consideration.

Carl Farris

First Responder: Emt / voniteter firefighter

Carl is a hard working emt. He has been with twin city ambulance for over 6 years now and a volunteer firefighter senice he was in middle school. He will get off work and if there is a call for the hall respond to it with out any hesitation. He is the head emt a his hall which is frontier firer hall. Carl is always there to help someone in need no mstter what it is. After losing his frist child in 2020 due to severe medical conditions. Carl recently had a baby boy born in March and couldn't be happier , he can't wait till he is old enough to join him at the hall and be a volunteer firefighter to. Even with every day struggles of being an emt and the firer hall he makes the time to help his grandfather not matter how tired he is he's always there for his family.

Joseph Galone

Military: Military Police

He goes above and beyond to help fellow veterans. He helps everyone all the time without asking for anything in return.

Abram Webster

Military: Army

Served for 7 years, both active and reserves. Served as an Airborne Infantryman. Sustained multiple injuries during an Airborne operation. Currently working fulltime and a disabled veteran. Just welcomes a newborn daughter to the family.

Luanthony Green

Military: Army

Luanthony also known as Uncle Lucy to us is recently out of the army. He served 13 yrs( I think) in Fort Drum. He has recently grown into some hardships with home life that he does not speak on due to his pride. But with being a family of 11 kids, there’s no hiding anything from us. We always help each other out with whatever we can. He is caring, loving and amazing brother, uncle, son, friend and mostly importantly dad to 5 kids. He recently became a single dad to raise 3 of 5 kids by himself in adams,ny. He is doing the best he can with what he got. Between civilian life, going back to school, raising kids and trying to keep it all together he still is an amazing person just taking it day by day. I couldn’t be more proud to call him not only my brother but my friend. I couldn’t be more proud of the man he has turned out to be and hope nothing the best for him!

A'Kela Bowden

First Responder: EMT

A'Kela is a very determined, bright young lady! Everyone loves her and she carries a reputation of being so sweet. A'Kela is a daughter, EMT and mother of 2. She also has a Certificate in forensic Science from ECC. She enjoys the work she does so much she is currently taking advanced classes. In addition to her classes, she still needs to work her full schedule. A challenge for a mother of two young children but she does it with ambition because she knows additional training will give her skills to be even better at her job, which is just as important as any in the health care field. In the spring of 2020, A'Kela & her family was victim of a house fire. Luckily no one was home and everyone safe! A'Kela had just arrived to work when she was notified of the fire. The love and support she felt when coworkers in several ambulance wanted to escort her back home to provide support. Thank goodness for the Red Cross, they were there to assist them.

Breonna Littleton

First Responder: Emt

My mom is a EMT and also works at ECMC I'm the ER. She also drives school bus to help with the shortage on her days off from the other job. For 6 years she has volunteered as a EMT for free for the buffalo vets football team. She takes care of the vets kids as well as the opposing team. Even when she was on crutches or not feeling well she made it to every game. My mom never complains, supplys all her own supplies and never had missed a practice or game. She is a single mom of us 6 kids and also helping to raise her best friends kids, who died last year at the age of 33. My mom has never had a vacation or anything even after the death of my youngest sister she continued to work and go to school. She works hard and deserves this. She teaches CPR to kids in the community and many other wonderful things. She gives everything she can to everyone. If I could buy her a truck I would in a heartbeat. Please consider mom.

Jeffrey Pengelly

First Responder: Senior Detective of the Gang unit

Jeff is a hard working officer. He does his best to keep the streets free of drugs. He also tries to keep neighborhoods and streets safe. He drives in from Virginia to the southern tier area(5-6 hrs.)EVERY weekend to be with his son. His truck has been in the garage for repairs more times than you can count. He has to keep renting vehicles so that he won’t disappoint his10 yr. old son. His truck is a 2016 with approximately 180,000 miles. Again this weekend his truck broke down. He didn’t even make it out of the driveway. He had to find a ride so he could go get a rental vehicle which was one hour away. He is a great dad, a good officer and I wish he could get a break. He could really use one. He was born, went to school and lived in Amherst. For the past 10 plus years Jeff has lived back here Saturday thru Monday evening every weekend.

Gifford Harris jr

First Responder: Firefighter

I want to give this amazing man something he deserves. He loves his community, he is part of toys for toys, he volunteers to clean is community and he absolutely loves what he does. He says I’m not a hero I’m someone who cares. He’s so positive and so compassionate. He still goes to moms for dinner every Sunday he doesn’t work and if he misses makes it up during the week. He’s been through a lot and could use a break. He is a blessing a son,brother, father to many that are not his. He loves so very hard and puts his heart in all he does. He is a true American with the love of a worrier.

Roy Wagoner sr

First Responder: Fire

Well my dad has been a volunteer firefighter for almost 30 and he been there for the think and then and he still gos when the tones drop and he is are 2 ast chief and is always doing something for the community and why in the world would someone steel from some one that helps the community and on 7-13-22 early morning some one stoled his truck with all his stuff in it and he still responds even if he has to walk to the fire hall he is going because community comes first so I think he deserves a new vehicle and I would like to say thank you for giving 2free vehicle

Brian Leonard

First Responder: New York State Police

Brian is one of the hardest working troopers I have ever met. He has spent the past two years splitting his time across the state, often commuting over two hours to get to work. He was recently selected to become a Drug Recognition Expert which will help keep impaired drivers off of our streets.

Brandon Radoani

First Responder: Police

Brandon Radoani is an honorable officer. Working for both the city of Buffalo and the Town of Eden. Keeping people safe has always been his priority. He is also a retired Vet. Brandon served in the Army in the National Guard as a Military Police Officer. Brandon is a father of 3 young boys. During his free time he coaches hockey, and helps his wife out who works as a teacher. Serving the community of WNY is their passion and current life’s work. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this opportunity than him.

Colie Stone

Military: Army

I am nominating Colie Stone. He served his country for 9.3 years as a Scout Sniper and has 4 deployments under his belt. One being to Iraq and three to Afghanistan. During his time overseas he earned multiple awards and led men, who still to this day would follow him into battle. On one of his tours he arranged security detail for three Star General Anderson. This was made into a documentary directed by Ricky Shrouder and aired on Netflix, known as The Fighting Season. Colie is not just a family man making the ultimate sacrifice serving his country but he is also a Patriot. When he separated from the military it was to raise his daughter at the time. Without him, she had no parent to raise her. So, he ended his military career and is now attending, The Act 120 Police Academy through Mansfield University. Yet again he is serving his country. Protecting those that need it and fighting for the freedoms this Country so desperately is trying to hang onto.

Aaron Allen jr.

Military: Airforce

My father served in the Korean War in 1955 ish. While serving our country my father was on the airforce base waiting for the plane to arrive in a cold fidget weather. He didn't have no warning that's when a airplane fell on the base dam near on top of my father. He was burned while putting the fire out to rescue the pilot he survived. He is 84 yrs old and he never received recognition for his bravery.

Cris Cansdale Jr

Military: Army

My husband served his country for 18 years and was in OIF and OEF. The military career that he loved as well as planning to retire from was abruptly cut short due to a diagnosis of an incurable cancer, multiple myeloma. He has endured countless hours of chemotherapy, surgeries, and a stem cell treatment that was not effective. Once he was honorably discharged he found a position close to our home to work that is extremely flexible for him. In the past two years alone he has countlessly flexed his schedule to be at home with the kids during their countless quarantines and school closures, while I am just starting my career and have limited flexibility/ time off. He never asks for anything, always making sure that the kids and myself have all that we need. He supports our family even at his hardest times putting others needs first. Not only has he sacrificed his health for our country, he continues to sacrifice outside of the military for others still holding true to the Soldiers Creed.

Bradley Shaver

Military: USMC

My husband Brad is a 100% disabled iraq war veteran. He spends his time doing all he can for our family and also volunteers taking other disabled vets fishing trying to find healthy ways for them to deal with their issues. He still struggles with his issues but watching him help others I can tell helps him even when he is at his lowest

Kalueb Letts

First Responder: Firefighter

Because he is important and very awesome he saved me in a fire and I feel that should be rewarded by getting nominated

Kevin Bryant

Military: Marines

Kevin is always willing to go above and beyond for every and anyone he knows he current is driving a vehicle that is very unsafe in my eyes it seems when he try to catch a break something always pulls him back to a place where he is unable to save up to purchase a new one kevin is a very appreciative person I know this is something that will help get him to and from work safe

Felicia Dudley-Johnson

First Responder: Police

She works hard with buffalo police department always been reliable to the community she serves in lost her mom 2019 and still manage to go to work and put smiles on others faces when she’s still dealing with her mothers passing.

Troy Burton

Military: Army

I want to nominate Troy because he deserves this recognition for the sacrifices he’s made. He served 10 years active duty with a couple deployments. He is currently in the reserves as an instructor. I believe he is a good candidate because he is selfless and is willing to help anyone in need. He loves what he does & winning this would be a great way to show our community’s appreciation to our veterans and first responders.

Madison Landseadel

Military: United States Marine Corp

I am nominating my daughter whose dream was to be in United States Marine. She had the geriam since she was an eighth grade and even graduated High school early to pursue her dream. On June 6, 2021 my daughter and that title of United States Marine. During the last event prior to her earning her EGA, she lost a friend during the crucible. Madison continued on to her combat training where she sustained a knee injury. However Madison kept going and completed her schooling at Camp Johnson. Sadly Madison was sexually assaulted during her time in school. As she moved to her permanent duty station, Madison is PTSD started to creep up on her very bad. Between her knee injury, losing a friend and then being sexually assaulted, Madison‘s mental health started to decline. Madison continue to fight her demons but was unable to and almost succumb to suicide. She is being separated due to PTSD disability, it Hass to start from scratch. Madison has nothing, and could use a card to get to school.

Gary Schul

Military: ARMY

I nominate Gary, for this award, because he served his country for 8 years and proudly flies his American Flag!

Josh Larsen

Military: Marine corp.

He gives to the community

John Ferry

Military: Army

My son is an amazing man father husband son! From raising him without a father in the projects to the man he’s become I’m not shocked that he would sign up to fight for everybody else’s rights ! Great human!

Jordan Hutchinson

First Responder: 911 dispatcher

Jordan has been a chautauqua county 911 dispatcher for 11 years. He was a emt here in Dunkirk NY for 6 years and was a 911 dispatcher in Nashville TN at one point. He has always gone above and beyond for not only for his co workers but the residents of Chautauqua County that he interactions with on a daily basis. He is a wonderful husband, father, son and friend who will do anything for anyone in need.

Joshua Larson

Military: Marines

Joshua has always given selflessly to his family, friends and community. He is also a volunteer firefighter for our local community. He sponsors children for events that teach them how to hunt and fish responsibly through his passions of these two hobbies. He is the first one to come when someone needs them and the last one to leave. He Was adopted when he was very young how much troubled home into a wonderful family and has grown to be such a wonderful young man. He would be so deserving of anything he receives.

Jerren Myers

First Responder: EMT

My husband is an amazing EMT and loves his job and has such pride in his profession. He was a volunteer at East Seneca Fire Hall for years and that's what first gave him his passion to pursue a career serving the community. He took a leave from the fire hall to pursue a nursing degree but has since had to take a leave from school because working full time and going to school full time with a family proved to be a little too much. He works at LVAC, Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corp. , and has for over ten years. In my eyes and in the eyes of our two boys, he is so good at his job. He enjoys helping people in the public and always talks about how he understands that when he meets people, it could be the worst day of their life and he has such compassion for that. He's a hero to us, saving people's lives, and it's what he does best!!

James Cornelius

Military: Army

I'm nominating my Dad, who is both a Vietnam combat veteran, and a lifetime member of Frontier Fire Hall. He received his 50 years of service 2 years ago. My Dad has ALWAYS been an amazing person, who would give you the shirt off of his back. When I was a kid my Dad and others spent countless hours scouring wooded areas on river road when Russle Mort went missing, he worked for the town of Wheatfield highway department during the blizzard of '77 and ALSO volunteered at the fire hall where thy had set up cots for people. There are so many more stories, he's just that amazing

Robert Cornelius

First Responder: Fire fighter

Not only did I nominate my Dad as a veteran, I'd like to nominate my brother as well. He is also a volunteer firefighter at Frontier Fire Hall, in Wheatfield. All of the men in my family including my Dad have been members as far back as my Dad's grandfather. My brother has served since 17, he is now 46 - he has been on so many calls, but the most heart-wrenching would be the Sawyer Gardens fire at the elderly apartment complex on Sawyers Drive. My brother rose the same truck as out cousin Ronnie Kramer, who passed away that day. The work of volunteers is sometimes overlooked. Frontier still keeps Ronnie's locker with number 99. My brother has been on many calls before and after, one of which he saved a trailer from burning down on Christmas Eve- he forgot his gloves in his rush to put the fire out. It didn't stop him! Luckily he didn't burn his hands. Both my Dad (James Cornelius) and my brother are amazing men! He is the one standing in the picture.

Terry Polk

First Responder: Buffalo Police

Terry served as a Marine in the 2d battalion 2d Marine and has been a Buffalo Police Officer for over 20 years. Terry has been my partner on the streets for 5 years and there is nobody else I would rather have to have my back. This man is one of the hardest workers there are and you will never hear him complain.As a young officer he has taught me more than I could ever explain or express to him how much I appreciate him as a partner and friend. He always puts peoples needs and wants in front of his own and is the main source of income for his family. He works a second front for security at Dash’s to make sure his family has everything they need and want. If you talk to anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him whether on duty or off duty they all have the same reply “great man, he’s the best, he’s always professional etc” I know in the near future I will lose him as a partner because of retirement and I honestly think there is nobody more deserving to win a car than Terry.

John R Kilfoy

Military: United States Marine Corps (Sgt)

Good person,Great son served in USMC admirably in Camp Pendleton California 1st Marine Divison 1st Battalion 1/4 Expeditionary Unit deployed on LHD USS MAKIN ISLANDexcelled in school at West Seneca East High School and in Varsity football went to college in the marines,and has been accepted to Dartmouth College in Hanover N.H.in the fall

Scott Heywood

First Responder: Captain- Buffalo Fire Department

My husband is a 25 year veteran of the BFD- rising in rank within 4 years from FF to LT onto Captain and is in line as #1 for Battalion Chief. He goes into work on his off days to train his crew and crews in the city. He’s a Husband, Father of 3 sons and a courageous Man who’s gone above and beyond not only for his family at home, but also at work and our residents of the city of Buffalo. He gives of his time and of himself when called upon and never asks for anything in return. He is the epitome of what a man should be, one who is looked upon with the utmost Respect, honor and courage. He also coaches junior varsity baseball at St Francis high school and has been doing so for many many years. He’s a mentor to many young men and women and it’s an honor to be able to call him my husband for almost 28 years now. Thank you for your consideration With Respect, Trina Heywood

Jason Ziegler

First Responder: Firefighter

Jason was the first to start cpr on our chief after he was found unconscious on the ground behind one of our trucks, after our chief had a heart attack, thus saving his life. Jason also just recently got to a scene where there were six adults standing around while a 15 year old boy laid on the ground not breathing. Jason started cpr and saved the life of this child. We are not a big fire company and all volunteer. I know Jason does not have a decent vehicle. And I personally think he deserves all the recognition for his life saving efforts.

Marilyn -Gibson

Military: Army

Hello my name is Marilyn Young, I am the Director and Founder of Women Against Violence Everywhere W.A.V.E. We are a coalition of women led organizations who's primary goal is to reduce youth violence in the city of buffalo, by way of mentoring programs, events & activities, with an emphasis on girls 9-18 and young women. I waa a young person Abandone at birth and adopted by the late Brinson & Daisy Edrington whos home was used as a transitional home for youth taken away from their parents just down the street fron the Tops Massacre on Landon street. Miss Daisy equipped youth in the 14208 for over 30 years, until she was stuck by gunfire in her home, while police were pursuing one of her adopted children at Riley and Roehrer, (down the street from tops) She died nearly 1 year after the shooting. As her daughter, I have been keeping her legacy alive, through my Pretty As A Daisy Mentoring program named in her honor. Girls and Women have been going to Prison at an alarming rate.

Mitchel Weixlmann

Military: Navy

Mitchel Weixlmann is my baby brother who I am nominating. We are 14 years apart so I didn’t live in the same house as him but I know he had a hard life. My mom was going boyfriend to boyfriend with him . Mitch never knew who his father was and he was moved so much in his life he was never able to establish friends and was unfortunately abused by some of the men. Our mom called me and asked for Mitch to stay with me in NY and She signed over custody of him to me at 17 years old. I tried to enroll him in school but the school said it would be best for him to get his GED because he doesn’t have enough credits for his grade. He would have been in High School till he was 21. He did receive his GED but he was so socially awkward that no one would hire him. He wouldn’t shower or look you in the face.I told him to go into the military which he did. He finished and he know lives a simple life here and would love for him to get this car because he will never have anything new. He deserves it

Brian Malayny

First Responder: Emt

Brian is an amazing emt he is very compassionate, to his patients. He wears his heart on his sleeve. Even when he is not working he always stops to help if someone is in trouble. He is always doing things for other people without hesitation and I think he deserve something nice.

Paul Ozimek

First Responder: Army vet,volunteer fireman,fire police,volunteer ambulance driver, red cross volunteer

Paul is my husband's adopted father,he is a army vet,has been an active volunteer fireman for 40 years,je also does fire police,he is a driver for volunteer ambulance and is very active with the red cross,he volunteers at every blood drive he can get to,and when families need assistance from the red cross due to fire or any other catastrophic event he is part of thevred cross team to bring assistance to families,he is also chaplain for red cross and the volunteer fire company,he is always there for anyone that needs him with him and his wife taking in any children or family that needs help,he gives endlessly of himself and never asks for or expects anything in return,He has had alot of medical issues lately but still puts everyone and everything before himself, he has been through 3 trucks in the last 4 years through no fault of his own,his current truck is constantly breaking down and he could really use a dependable vehicle now more than ever

Paul ozimek

Military: Army Ret / fire police / ambulance driver / red cross member for 40 years

He was disabled in the army he donates all his time he's the ambulance driver he's the president of the fire hall he is fire police also a red cross member for 40 plus years he's had 3 trucks in the last 4 years he can't afford a nice truck I wish I could help him he's taken in so many kids with nowhere to go he is my hero and I hope to be have the man he is thank you for your time

Michael Wachowiak

First Responder: Correctional Officer

He puts his life on the line daily in a very dangerous job where attacks on officers is up by 40%. He never calls off, never says it’s not my job and is one of the hardest working men I know. In a job where most of the public is unaware of how dangerous it really is, he walks through the gates each shift to not only protect society but the men and women he works with so that everyone goes home safe every night. He is my hero. I tell him every day I could never do his job and how incredibly proud I am of him. He is the most humble person I know and goes without so often so others don’t have to.

Roger Lance

Military: Army

Major Roger Lance has exemplified the virtue of good citizenship and membership of the community; has earned the admiration and respect of his peers; and has impacted lives of youths across NYS. Lance is a North Tonawanda native who has proudly dedicated 23 years to serving his country. In 1989, Lance enlisted in the Army, then later joined the NY Army National Guard where he graduated Officer Candidate school in 1997. Lance was part of the Counterdrug Task Force for 16 years, and in an effort to reduce the abuse of illegal substances in NY, Lance helped support the DEA as a criminal analyst and developed anti-drug youth programs. Lance's experience and influence has changed the lives of so many and of those who he dedicated his life to helping. Lance also deployed many times during his career, including operations after 9/11 and Afghanistan. Lance's remarkable achievements coupled with his devotion as a beloved husband, father, and friend is why I am nominating him.

Jonathan Carrasquillo

Military: U.S. Marines

My husband works two jobs and works hard to support his family. He's never been able vacation with us as he had always held multiple jobs at once. He lives to help others and family is always first to him. This vehicle would be a great confidence booster for him as he is very hard on himself and often feels like he isn't doing enough, but but does he try.

Adam Cahill

Military: US Marines

Adam is a wonderful husband and father of three children 4 years and younger. He is a disabled combat veteran who struggles with PTSD which makes it difficult for him to hold a full time job. Presently he and his wife have been experiencing food insecurity and have relied on the VA to assist them. Recently Adam's car which he uses to drive to and from work, has broken down and needs a $2200 new heard gasket repair. From my perspective Adam is richly deserving of a Basil car. He has never owned a new car, and desperately needs reliable transportation so that he can work to adequately provide for his family.

Shawn Dukes

Military: United States Marine Corps

I am nominating this person because he is my father and after he got out of the marines he always looked after my Brother, Sister, Mom, and I. He likes cars alot so I think it would be nice for him to be nominated.

Seth Shepard

Military: U.S. Marine Corps

Where do I begin? Seth is my older brother and my inspiration, my brother has always been my support system and growing up I’ve wanted to be just like him. My brother has been nothing but kind, generous, understanding and patient. He’s hard working and never stops. He doesn’t complain, ask why, and very rarely asks for help, and he is always ready and willing to help anyone in need. He comes home from 12-16 hour work days and always spends time with his 4 kids and his wife playing with them or date night. He’s someone that I have and always will look up too.

Bobby Linnane

Military: Army

My husband served 10 years in the Army with two combat tours. He grew up with nothing and always gives what he can to others without asking for anything in return.

Steven Falkenrath

Military: Air Force

I am nominating my father Steve Falkenrath he is an Air Force veteran and has served on bases in Germany, New mexico, and Louisiana along with Niagara falls. My dad has always worked hard and put family first. Once my dad retired from the Air force at age 50 he joined the Erie County Sheriffs office and works as a CO at the Erie county holding center becoming the oldest person to pass the physical fitness exam.

Roger Lance

Military: Army

Major Roger Lance has exemplified the virtue of good citizenship and membership of the community; has earned the admiration and respect of his peers; and has impacted lives of youths across NYS. Lance is a North Tonawanda native who has proudly dedicated 23 years to serving his country. In 1989, Lance enlisted in the Army, then later joined the NY Army National Guard where he graduated Officer Candidate school in 1997. Lance was part of the Counterdrug Task Force for 16 years, and in an effort to reduce the abuse of illegal substances in NY, Lance helped support the DEA as a criminal analyst and developed anti-drug youth programs. Lance's experience and influence has changed the lives of so many and of those who he dedicated his life to helping. Lance also deployed many times during his career, including operations after 9/11 and Afghanistan. Lance's remarkable achievements coupled with his devotion as a beloved husband, father, family member, and friend is why I am nominating him.

Stephen Hunter

First Responder: Firefighter, Fire Police

I am nominating Stephen because he continues to give to his community & support his family of 6. He is a hard working, loving, young man who has served his local fire department since 2008. He has served alongside his father, brother, wife, and tons of good friends. Serving as a fire police captain & trustee in the past he continues to learn from his elder members. Stephen could use a new vehicle to help his wife & children get around. Her car is definitely due for an upgrade due to the fact that there are multiple recalls & unsafe for their family to ride in. Thanks a bunch for the consideration!

Rachel Schubauer

First Responder: Emergency department rn

This women has given every thing that she has to be there for others. She has provided life saving care to thousands of people threw out wny and Rochester at multiple facilities. She has been a registered nurse for over 10 years. She worked threw Covid as a critical care float nurse including the icu. During this time she has also been working on her doctorate of nursing with a hope to be-able to help make changes to beter patient care. She put 40,000 miles on her car in the last year between driving to work her classes and her clinical sites. With every thing that she does she is there for her family day in and day out even threw suffering a very close loss in her family this year she has not wavered on her devotion to her family her career and her drive to become the best medical professional that she can be. This women has struggled and pushed her self from the very beginning at 18 starting as a cna and puting her self threw school and reaching for the stars. She is a mother

Jonathan Drzewiecki

Military: Air Force

Jon was the best man in my wedding and he truly is the best man I know. He’s an Air Force vet, an emergency room RN, a husband, a father of three, a once in a lifetime kind of friend, and an all around great guy. He drives a piece of junk car because he puts his family and everyone else for that matter before himself. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need and never looks for anything in return. He’s the type of man we should all strive to be like.

Christopher Vega

Military: Army

I am nominating Christopher because he is the hardest working, most caring man I know! He is not only the best dad around, but he works his ass off building his business day in & day out working to create a better life for his family! If any one deserves to win this its him!

Raymond Westfall

Military: Marines

He has been very hard working all his life and in the last 2 years his health has fallen, he had open heart surgery on April 26, 2022, and other health problems. He served in the Marines fir 3 years, drove truck for about 23 years, worked for NYS DOT for 11 years now he is retired and disabled and I think he deserves recognition for all his hard work. Thank you.

Christopher Vega

Military: Army

Christopher Vega is a wonderful Fiancé and Father. He also helps out in The community. Christopher and his fiancée Jordan did a toy drive over Christmas to help the lesson fortunate children. They also just had a baby and a new car would change their life.

Christopher Vega

Military: Army

He's one of the hardest working people I've ever met. Constantly putting in time, so that he can care for his family 💜 Chris is the type of person that's always there for other people, no matter how busy he is. I can't think of anyone else that deserves this, more than my best friend. Thank you!

Christopher Vega

Military: Army

This young man served his country proudly and came away with nothing but health issues. He is a proud loving father to 3 as well as a newborn which makes 4. He takes care of and provides for his family while still struggling with PTSD and other health issues related to his service. Their vehicle just broke down and they are more than deserving of a new vehicle to help their family. I couldn't think of a more deserving young man.

Daniel Robinson

Military: Army Combat medic

Daniel joined the Army National Guard at the age of 17. He is almost 21 now. He has spent the last year and a half being called to duty which he volunteered for to help with the COVID pandemic. He was one of the first responders to give out mass vaccinations in the state of NY and then was called to ECMC to help with the shortage of medical staff. He is a very compassionate young man always willing to help people. All this while keeping a full time job. His current vehicle situation is problematic to say the least. Drive a 2002 Chevy Silverado that is alway broken down and in my opinion dangerous and won’t last long. At his young age he has no credit what so ever making it difficult to get a newer safe reliable vehicle. He has given so much to help his country and others during this pandemic I would love to see someone like him receive such an awesome gift.

Greg Ostrander

Military: Army

Greg is Vietnam Veteran who is Purple Heart recipient. He has worked very hard his whe life and has been through more than most people could ever imagine. Not only was he wounded in Vietnam and spent 7 months in hospitals before being discharged but then Agent Orange got him and he had a major cancer surgery. Since then he has had a heart attack and large blood clots in both lungs. His body is pain constantly and yet at almost 74 he is still insisting on working part-time but wants more hours. He is a very caring and friendly person who loves to travel and meet new people. He has been through more than most people can endure but he keeps going. He loves his family and helps everyone when he can. This man deserves something good in his lifetime for a change.

Linda Young

Military: Army/reserves

Her car is falling apart she needs til Feb 2024 when she gets her military retirement.....she drives back and forth to Lockport to take care of her mother who has Alzheimer's. She helps out with a friend's mother in law who also has Alzheimer's. And goes back and forth a couple of times to Albany where her Aunt has Alzheimer's and Uncle who has a form of Alzheimer's and she's on SSDI with a limited income and helps me with my granddaughter who I just got custody of

Jeffrey Pengelly

First Responder: Detective of Gang unit

Jeffrey goes above and beyond at his job trying to keep the streets safe for everyone.He at the same time makes time for his 10 year old son that he drives home to the Southern tier every weekend to spend time with him. For the past year his truck has been in the garage for major repairs and has had to rent a car not to miss time with his son.He has one year till he can retire and then move back here closer to his son here.Until then he hopes his truck will last.For this i would like to nominate him.

Dana Cray

Military: Navy

I am nominating my husband. We met in the Navy and he made a lot of sacrifices for me and our children. He currently works as a cell block attendant in Erie county. He does a hard job and we live pay check to paycheck. I would love for him to have a nice ride to and from work everyday. He has worked hard and deserves more than he gets.

Alekzandr Waugaman

Military: USMC

Cpl Alek Waugaman is a 3rd generation Marine grunt (infantry) who served in the United States Marine Corps 2017-2021, earning various accommodations including the campaign medal for operation inherent resolve for his “boots on the ground” time in Syria where ISIS was decimated in the caliphate. Since ending is enlistment, he enrolled in the criminal justice program at Niagara University where he maintains a 3.96 grade point average with one semester remaining to earn his bachelor’s degree. Cpl Waugaman is active in the Marine Corps League and Veterans of Foreign War. He has also participated in fundraising for “Stopping Soldier Suicide” to raise awareness of the 22 Veterans who commit suicide each day in the United States. Cpl Waugaman has lost SIX Marines from his unit to suicide since he left active duty in January 2021. Cpl Waugaman is pursuing a career in federal law enforcement.

Austin Bishop

Military: Army Veteran

Austin Bishop served in Afghanistan as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and was critically wounded in combat. He continues to serve Cattaragus county as a corrections officer and is selflessly kind. He continuously goes out of his way to help coworkers, neighbors and strangers. He is leader, and inspiration to everyone around him.

Timothy Braughler

First Responder: Police Officer/Parole Officer

My nominee is my husband Timothy Braughler. Tim first became a Police Officer in 2003 working for Syracuse PD. From there he became a Correction Officer and then a Parole Officer all while maintaining his Police Officer status and working anywhere from Buffalo to Albany NY (as you can imagine, Tim puts a lot of miles on his car). Tim’s passion truly is helping others. From the time I met Tim he has cared so deeply about doing the best job as an Officer for not just the community, but for his own heart and his own family. Tim will give the shirt off his back for someone in need. Tim absolutely loves training. He loves to train Officers in both Firearms and Defensive Tactics. He makes it his mission to make sure that everyone he trains goes out onto the streets with all of the best knowledge that they need in order to go home to their family each and every day. He has worked tirelessly for the past 20 years and I couldn’t be more proud to nominate him for this amazing opportunity.

Chris Murtha

First Responder: Volunteer Fire Department

Chris has been a volunteer fireman for the past 30 years. He has previously worked his way up the ranks to Chief of UCrest Fire Department before moving to Pine Hill Fire Department where he has stepped down to "just a driver" to make room for the younger members to advance. His dedication to helping the public is admirable. He is that fireman that will leave dinner, wake up in the middle of the night, and even leave a holiday gathering to respond. He deserves to be recognized for that 🙂

Karen Gavin

First Responder: Paramedic & Firefighter

Karen Gavin is one of the greatest people you will ever meet! She is a full time mom and still manages to kick butt in her career. On top of working full time as an EMT and being a mom, Karen was able to obtain her paramedic certification.. but she didn’t stop there! She was 1 of the first 2 women to ever pass the Lockport Fire physical exam. She then went on to the academy to become a Lockport Firefighter. Nothing can stop this woman! She is truly one of the kindest and most deserving people in the world. Her kindness and willingness to always help others is like no other! If you want to learn more about her you can find her featured in many articles on Lockport Fire’s Facebook page!

Joshua Fritz

Military: Marine

He are selfless and is always actively working for and with our vets and continues to serve the community by also being a fire fighter

Alex Hadsall

First Responder: Police officer

My son is not only a police officer but he served in the national guard military police for 6 years and got an honorable discharge. He is only 25 yrs old and has accomplished so much! Oh and did I mention he was also a corrections officer for 3 yrs and worked at Attica Correctional before he became a cop. We are very proud of all his accomplishments and the time he has devoted to protect an serve. While in the corrections academy Alex got a leadership award, and in the police academy he got the special tactics award.

Timothy Shea

Military: Army National Guard

The call came on 9/11 while I was at work, he was called up to take care of the dead bodies, didn’t get to say goodbye to me or our children. He has never truly recovered mentally from the carnage he witnessed, or the fact he couldn’t kiss us goodbye. He is cheap with himself but, generous with our family. His car is beat even though he thinks it’s fine, love to see him in a new car, he has never had a NEW car.

Arthur Harris

Military: Marines

I am nominating my dad because he is the most selfless person and would give anyone the shirt off his back to help them. He is old school which I love ❤️ he was in the US Marine Corps 1964-1968 which he fought in the Vietnam War and he has a ton of stories that he shares with us all that are very interesting. He always makes sure his kids, grandkids and great grandkids are taken care of he’s our “Jack of all trades” Hes done a lot for the community here in Barker and still continues too as much as he can and never wants anything for stuff he does. He and my mom just celebrated there 47th wedding anniversary in March and he will be 78 October 10th. He never ever has had a new vehicle and really has never went on a vacation so I think he is well deserving of winning this car!

John Stineman

Military: Army

He is the perfect people person. He has been and always be a person who would gives he shirt off his back to help you. He has endured many back and eye and neck surgeries since 2006' and still took care of his family. I ask our lord every night to protect and guide him for his journey is not done yet. He would truly appreciate something good in return....

Trevor Valentine

Military: United States Marine Corp

Trevor has done 2 tours. He is young but still a vet. During his time he caught a lung disease that will effect him the rest of his life. Trevor is an independent, strong and compassionate man. He’s dedicated to helping his community and anyone in need. He does not ask anyone for anything.

Lynnette Mourning

Military: Medical Specialist E4 National Guard

My name is Aliah Carson and I am nominating my mother Lynnette Mourning because she is an inspirational single mother of two, who is hardworking and tries her best to take care of her children. Due to her service as a member of the national guard, as a previous health professional, she always has taken the time to take care of others at the expense of her own health. Though she is disabled, she always has helped when needed, from caring for aging family members, to helping support her nephew with autism, to always chatting and listening to others. She always puts herself out there even with her limitations. My mother will always do her best to succeed in life and for that I'm proud to have a wonderful mother like her.

Robert Becker

Military: Navy

Robert is a veteran of the vietnam war..he enlisted for 4 years and was extended to a total of 6 years. Many vietnam vets have been forgotten. He had an exemplary record as did many others during this time who received little recognition for their service.

Adam Wick

First Responder: Emt

Adam is an outstanding guy! Always dropping everything to make sure someone is taking care of! I can remember a time heading out of town in winter and there was an accident in a different district and adam immediately jumped into action without a doubt! He always doing to help the community and most the time first one on the scene. This is his livelihood saving others! Adam is your guy no matter how much gas costs! Hes right there helping somebody!!!

Matthew Elderkin

First Responder: Paramedic

My husband should be nominated for a new vehicle because of the hard work and hours he has dedicated to his community and surrounding area during COVID. Matt has worked both air medical along with working on the ground as a Paramedic. Besides being a Paramedic full time he is also a volunteer firefighter/Paramedic. I was pregnant during the start of COVID and have not been able to return to work full time due to our child being born 3 months early and he is still requiring constant medical appointments. Matt has worked constantly to provide for our family while I have been off and has had lots of extra travel on his vehicle between work and traveling to OCH in Buffalo. Matt has dedicated so much to his family, coworkers and community, this is why I have nominated him.

Chris Durrance

First Responder: EMT

I am nominating my husband because of his dedication to his profession and his community He has overcome brain surgery and stroke to start his dream career. He has been an EMT for a year At the age of 49 joined Eden emergency squad as a volunteer, a few short months later he went to EMT class Upon finishing he was employed at Gowanda Ambulance, he decided he wanted to do more to help people Be will be starting Paramedic school in a few short weeks He does all of this while still be a great dad to our 6 grown kids and new grandson He has shown us never give up o a dream and it is never to late to start He is always there for everyone and I would love hi to know we all appreciate it and love him

Tara Wichtowski

Military: Air force

Tara joined the national guard at 17, I remember because I signed the papers since she was under 18. The day of 9/11 she received the call 1 hr after it happened and I knew she was being activated and I was right. That night her unit headed to NYC and she was there through mid October. She was a first responder where she assisted police, fire department, other service branches in the search and recovery efforts. Upon her return home she was different, she was no longer my little girl her experience caused her to grow up fast. Then a few years later she was activated to deploy overseas to Afghanistan where she spent her 21st and 22nd birthday away from her family and friends. To top all of these things she is a single mom, she transferred to the Air Force in 2008 and has been active duty since 2010 and she never stops caring for everyone around her regardless of who, what or where they’ve been. She has a heart of gold and would give her last penny to someone if they needed it.

Jeff Cosentino

Military: Army

Never had a good car, always had a crappy one. His newest car he ever owned is the one that he has now. A 1997 jeep which needs work. Ty for your time.

Angela Cronin

First Responder: Fire

I'm nominating my mom because not only is she an Army Veteran, but she continues serving others as a volunteer firefighter in the Blasdell community. She has added so much new life to the Blasdell department going above and beyond to complete trainings, recruit new members, respond to emergency calls, and be a public figure in the community. She always goes above and beyond putting others before herself consistently. She is making a change and big steps for women in these spaces!!

Mark Morava

Military: Army

Mark was in a unit with my husband in Alabama. He was moved to Rochester at the end of his time in Alabama. We randomly were also assigned to Rochester a year later. Mark is not only a great soldier, he is also an amazing father and friend. My husband was diagnosed with Myotonic Dystrophy shortly after moving to Rochester. Mark never hesitated to help. He has become the hands for my husband always willing to help him. He never expects anything in return. Helping and learning from my husband is always enough. Mark grew up with very little in Arkansas, but has made something of his life. A vehicle has always come last for him though. He drives an older car with well over 200,000 miles on it. His kids recently moved back to Arkansas and he has to rent a car to go see them. It is hard not only financially, but emotionally not being able to see his kids as often as he’d like to. Mark will PCS in the next year and him having a vehicle to be able to visit with would be amazing.

Kadin Schaub

Military: Army

He is a 20 year old male who is in the army and a first responder he is an EMT for amr buffalo and he is also a volunteer firefighter, he is also in the army so he could strive even more to serve our community and our country

Mark LaPoma

Military: Marines

Mark dedicated his life to the Marines for a decade, before he was medically retired. He has never forgotten his pledge to his country and aways puts others ahead of himself. He’s recently down on his luck and it would be wonderful to see us give back to a veteran who has done so much.

Anthony Hairston

Military: Army

Anthony proudly served in the Army. The friendships that he forged in service continue to this day. What an inspiration his belief that it's not what we have in life, but who we have in life is what matters. He has shown us that there are friends, there is family, and there are friends that become family. Anthony always supported his children, family and friends. He drove them to practices, games, and all different sorts of competitions. When his children reached the age to drive, he made sure they had reliable vehicles to travel in. He is always there whenever anyone needs a hand or a ride. Anthony is so deserving of a vehicle because he always has your back like a true friend and my friend is truly in need of a new vehicle.

Conrad Swanson

Military: Army reserves

Conrad is my son he had dedicated his time in the service with the 277th quartermaster company located in Niagara falls to push them to a more community focused idea he want the people around them to know that the unit he serves for is focused on making the life's safe and a better relationship

Jacob Lewis

Military: Army- SSGT

He has been deployed twice serving our country along with all his fellow troop members.He just returned last month from his recent deployment. He has a 4 year old daughter that he missed her first year of life and this past year of her life. I am proud to call him my son.

Michael Leader

Military: Navy

My husband served 10 years in the Navy. First Gulf War. He is a humble man and his hips are shot. He works 12 hour shifts in a hot factory and myself, I'm progressing with MS. He hobbies pushing me in a wheelchair when we are able to go out. We live a very modest life with 3 grown boys. He is 56 and I am 51. He is behind me and the boys in whatever we do/did. He is such a hard worker and puts everyone before himself. He deserves this.

Alex Leader

First Responder: Volunteer Firefighter

This is for my son. Of course every mother is proud of their kids. My son is 23 and volunteers with Pine Hill Fire Dept. He is also an EMT with them. He works full time and helps us pay bills at home. I am disabled and financially we are struggling. Alex drives a 2003 impala we call it the "hoopty" car. It's a clunker for sure. It's a soft top so he cannot install is responder light. He can't afford a car payment because he helps us. He also volunteers downtown with Friends Feeding Friends Feeding the homeless, and he at 18 years old started a curriculum at ECC putting together toiletries and warm clothes for seasons for the homeless. ECC adopted this as a requirement for graduation in the MLT Assoc. Degree. He won an award in Cheektowaga for rising star! He also wheels me around so I can get out of the house. I'm a very proud mom. If anyone deserves this he does. This kid's life is a life of service.

Stephanie Smith

Military: Army

Stephanie is one of the most deserving people I know. Being my girlfriend and a fantastic mama to our 6 month old son she never stops giving. First she served or country in the army keeping us safe. After retiring from the army due to a sexual assault she built herself back up and continued to help others. She once drove a disabled vet from NY to California just because it was the right thing to do. When she got back from this trip her gmc terrains engine blew up. She purchased another car which she promptly got rid of to be in a better financial position for our son. She has had an amazing story in the last 1.5 years. She always wanted to be a mom however the VA told her she wouldnt likely be able to due to her injuries and at one point the VA had a hysterectomy scheduled for her. This was canceled due to covid! I pushed her to get one last opinion on this about 1.5 years ago. At this she got the wonderful news our son was on the way. She has been the most amazing mom. We love her.

Gary Hamill

Military: USMC

My husband served in the Marines during Vietnam. He’s always the first to help anyone he can. He never asks for anything. Even when asked at the holidays what he wants he says nothing just get something for yourself to me. He’s my rock, he deserves to be nominated because he’s always been a hard working man who gives his all to those he loves and cares about. He served his country with honor and pride and would do it again if his health would allow. He’s never been the kind of man to ask for anything. The vehicle he has now may not pass inspection. Living on social security money is tight and it only goes so far. His health is declining and the stress of vehicle repairs doesn’t help. Having a reliable vehicle would help ease his Mind and be able to make it easier to get to the BA medical center for his numerous appointments and be able to see our precious granddaughter more often.

Elizabeth Snith

Military: Navy

Elizabeth is a medically retired Navy veteran, she was stationed aboard the USS Nimitz out of Bremerton Washington when she fell critically ill. Elizabeth’s ability to overcome brain cancer while continuing her connection to service by competing with the Navy Wounded Warrior adaptive sports team, shows her love and admiration to service

Michael Kozlowski

First Responder: Army

Michael served in the U.S. Army beginning at the age of 18. He served two tours in Afghanistan where he was responsible for monitoring and watching the hills for the enemy and any missles being sent over to the area. While on his second tour, the base area had been hit twice, once fatally injuring Michael's bunk mate and the next time hitting right outside of his barracks causing him to lose hearing in one ear, totally, for days, and most of his hearing in the other permanently. When Michael returned, he has lost the job he was promised due to the tour being extended. But, rather than deterring him, he continued training and became a volunteer fire fighter with a local company near the base where he served. After leaving the service, Michael joined Sloan FD and stayed with them until he moved to the Tonawandas where he is now a volunteer with his local FD; volunteers with the local Veterans honor group. He is the father of three, is a certified dog trainer and security guard.

Haji Shareef

Military: Navy

Haji is a former Navy pilot. He served for more than 20 years. He currently trains PTSDOGS for veterans who suffer from PTS. He tirelessly serves those who served. He was riding cross country for his cause, PTSD Dogs for Vets, a cause his heart is fully committed to in supporting veterans like himself, when he was involved in a bad motorcycle wreck, leaving him unable to finish his route He is also a Mercy Flight pilot and a total dog whisperer / trainer. We know he'll be back on the road again to FINISH what he started! Not only that, his wife is a RN at a local hospital who also tirelessly works for our community.

Robert Frank

First Responder: EMT and firefighter

This guy will literally drop everything he is in the middle of to respond to every call he can. He has a heart of gold. He helps people in crisis whenever he can, and I think it's time he gets rewarded for it. (He also does this as a volunteer, aka unpaid on his own dime, day in and day out.)

Sgt. Brandon Walker

Military: Army

My Grandson has dedicated 7 years in the army. He just was transferred to Buffalo, NY from Colorado to be a recruiter. Just before leaving Colorado he bought a Ford Focus. He trailered it to Buffalo. After driving it twice it broke down. He had it towed to the nearest dealer who said the cost to fix it is $10,000.00. The original dealer said its not under warranty because 30 days had passed. Plus they still need to make payments on it. He has a family and an 11 month old son. His Wife got a job here and they desperately need a vehicle. He has always worked and has taken care of his family the best he can. I'm so proud of the husband and father he is. He really needs a break and I hope he could win!!! We raised our grandson and his brother and wish we could help him but we are on disability as well. PLEASE consider him as a finalist!! God Bless America!! Thank you!!

Joseph Current

First Responder: EMT/Volunteer fireman

Joe deserves to be nominated because of his dedication to his community. Not only is he dedicated to the Marilla Fire Company through his service as an EMT and volunteer fireman, he also aspires to help others by becoming a doctor. Joe is a first year medical student at the University of Buffalo.

Albert Chastain

First Responder: Police

Al started his dedication to the safety of the community at 16 as a Jr. Firefighter in Evans. He then continued to volunteer throughout his 20s becoming lieutenant and got his EMT and began working as an EMT. Al then moved on to pursue becoming a Paramedic to help the community even further. He then moved on to become a federal agent for Customs and Boarder Protection. With this agency he led the anti-terrorism task force and is now one of the youngest chiefs and is leading the safety and community outreach initiative. Al is the most selfless and honorable man i have ever met.

Susan Current

First Responder: Nurse

They made a difference during Covid 19 to many lives

Joseph Current

First Responder: EMT

Joe was first to respond at our car accident several months ago. The situation was terrifying for us but Joe's calm and professional demeanor helped keep the situation under control. He was naturally caring and kind and was really able to help us me tally and physically in a time of need. Joe is a true gem. I know that there are many EMTs and fire rescue people that should all be commended for their service, however Joe was definately one of a kind d and will not be forgotten.

Stanley Singleton Sr.

Military: Army

I’m nominating my friend Stanley because I truly feel he deserves to win. He joined the army right after High School and has always been a kind and considerate person who would give the shirt off his back. He was also in the Reserves and assisted in cleanup after 911. Stanley always lends a helping hand to strangers, family and friends. Whether he’s giving change, buying a sandwich or finding time to give a person a ride. He’s a hard worker single father of two but also has two adult children. I’ve known Stanley for over 40 years and can’t think of a person more deserving. Oh and he has purchased two vehicles from Basil Chevrolet on Delaware Ave. in Buffalo!!! What better way to stay “Thank You”!!!

Joel Raisor

First Responder: Police

Joel has spend the majority of his life serving The public, starting as a lifeguard then EMT going onto paramedic and now police. He initially served for US Capitol police just to move back to Buffalo and now working for Orchard Park police. He is dedicated to his career and also a loving father of 3 boys. Despite working nights, he is up every morning to get the kids off to school and attend every sports game in uniform And not.

Tim Perrott

First Responder: Buffalo Police Lieutenant/SWAT operator

Tim Perrott is a Police Lieutenant for the city of Buffalo and a member of their SWAT team. For the past 10 years he has dedicated his time, even when he’s not working, to make policing better for everyone involved. He is always thinking of others before himself. Anywhere from his job, his family or the SWAT team. He often drives to and from the office a few times a day. Tim has been awarded several times over the past 10 years, for thinking of others. He also has taken on the role of an EMS medical provider and works with the team to ensure their safety at all times. The safety of the people and the team is his utmost priority. Having a new car would most certainly lighten his load and show him that his selflessness does not go unnoticed.

Adam Paquet

Military: Army

Hes a genuine, caring person, and is in need of a new vehicle. He has served his time, did his tour, and reenlisted. He continues to further his career with military. He recently saved a fellow soldier, he responded without hesitation, if he hadnt the situation would have been a different story for that person. When he asked, why they called him for help, they stated, "you are always there for everyone, I knew you would be there for me". That is a hometown hero, not just an overseas hero. This is one of many reasons I nominate Adam.

Dan Briggs

Military: Army

Dan served his country has a chemical weapons specialist, and is now disabled an awaiting a hearing from the VA. He’s dad, and grandfather of a disabled child, he’s not rich and could use some help with a vehicle. He’s a proud American and veteran that certainly could use some help for him and his family!!! Thanks

Jeffrey Pengelly

First Responder: Detective with the gang unit

I want to nominate my dad because I want to make sure he can come and spend time with me every weekend. Being ten years old I wish my dad could be here all the time. My dad’s job scary me.I am glad he can help other people and keep them safe, too many bad guys out there. I just hope he will be able to see me on the weekends. There are a few weekends he can’t come home because he has to work but he is here all the other weekends during the year. My dad’s truck hasn’t been working very well. It has been in and out of the garage. He has borrowed my babci’s (grandmother) car or else had to rent a vehicle. My dad lives here with me at babci’s and papa’s house the whole weekend, Saturday thru Monday. I just want my dad to have a safe truck so he can continue coming home. I love and miss my dad and I just want him to stay safe. I can’t wait for my dad to retire next year because he will be moving back here. Then we can spend more time together. P.S. my babci (grandmother) helped me do this.

Jeffrey Pengelly

First Responder: Detective with the gang unit

I want to nominate my dad because I want to make sure he can come and spend time with me every weekend. Being ten years old I wish my dad could be here all the time. My dad’s job scary me.I am glad he can help other people and keep them safe, too many bad guys out there. I just hope he will be able to see me on the weekends. There are a few weekends he can’t come home because he has to work but he is here all the other weekends during the year. My dad’s truck hasn’t been working very well. It has been in and out of the garage. He has borrowed my babci’s (grandmother) car or else had to rent a vehicle. My dad lives here with me at babci’s and papa’s house the whole weekend, Saturday thru Monday. I just want my dad to have a safe truck so he can continue coming home. I love and miss my dad and I just want him to stay safe. I can’t wait for my dad to retire next year because he will be moving back here. Then we can spend more time together. P.S. my babci (grandmother) helped me do this.

Jeffrey Pengelly

First Responder: Detective with the gang unit

I want to nominate my dad because I want to make sure he can come and spend time with me every weekend. Being ten years old I wish my dad could be here all the time. My dad’s job scary me.I am glad he can help other people and keep them safe, too many bad guys out there. I just hope he will be able to see me on the weekends. There are a few weekends he can’t come home because he has to work but he is here all the other weekends during the year. My dad’s truck hasn’t been working very well. It has been in and out of the garage. He has borrowed my babci’s (grandmother) car or else had to rent a vehicle. My dad lives here with me at babci’s and papa’s house the whole weekend, Saturday thru Monday. I just want my dad to have a safe truck so he can continue coming home. I love and miss my dad and I just want him to stay safe. I can’t wait for my dad to retire next year because he will be moving back here. Then we can spend more time together. P.S. my babci (grandmother) helped me do this.

Cody Brant

First Responder: Firefighter

In addition to a full time and a part time job, Cody still dedicates his time to his local volunteer fire hall. He is an officer and a very active member; Cody is responsible for the training program and often takes the lead for community outreach events. He regularly takes classes to stay current on proper protocol and safety procedures, and integrates it into the training program to keep his team and the local community safe. He is the first to the fire hall whenever there is a call, even if that means he has to be there in the middle of the night or leave family functions.

Kevin Ross

First Responder: Fire Captain / EMT

Kevin has been a Firefighter / EMT for over 50 years, he started as a Junior Firefighter (Explorer) and currently holds the rank of Captain on Engine Company 81 of The Pembroke New York Fire Department. He is within the top 2 responders, almost never misses a call. He attends training every Monday night, as well as additional training whenever offered. He provides medical care to his community as an EMT. He teaches firefighting classes to firefighters. He provides Fire Prevention Training to the public. He spends many hours training, responding to calls and making sure his personal equipment as well as his company equipment is ready for any call. He is also a nurse, and medical instructor, he teaches Health Care Foundations and Nursing at Job Corps in Medina, NY

Bruc Ross

First Responder: Firefighter/Paramedic

Bruce is a long-time Firefighter/Paramedic with the East Aurora Fire Department. He gives a lot of time to his community by responding to all calls and is in the top responders despite he works out of the area 3 - 4 days a week. He also puts numerous hours of training. He attends as many community activities as possible as a Firefighter and/or Paramedic standby. He has been a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Provider for 16 years. He also protects the public in his job, he works for NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control/Homeland Security. He inspects disability client group homes for fire safety issues and being sure they are practicing fire safety techniques such as holding fire drills, he also teaches the group home staff about fire prevention. Another part of his job is to teach firefighters, how to be firefighters and how to respond, and how to operate at emergencies.

Timothy Stout II

Military: Air force

He served our country for 8 years. He was injured and lost a significant amount of hearing during his time in the air force. He has been through a lot afterwards leaving him homeless and has worked everyday to get his life back after a divorce. Despite his disabilities he works everyday to provide a home after winning custody of his children and provide them everything that he should as their dad on his own. He drives a 2006 pontiac g6 that is on its way out of commission this would help him tremendously to be able to have a safe working vehicle to last him and keep him on the right path without another set back.

Justina Hemphill

Military: Army-82nd Airborne Paratrooper

Justina was honorably discharged from the Army 82nd Airborne Paratrooper in June 2021. She moved back home to Buffalo with her family where she was born and raised and graduated from Lafayette High School in Buffalo, NY. Justina attended 2 years of college at Niagara University before she made the decision to go to the Army. On January 3, 2022, Justina’s beloved husband (32 yrs old)was murdered at For Bragg, NC. It was the most devastating news to receive ever about your husband and father of their 2 children Honesty is 11 yrs old and Ares is 4 yrs old. Justina has been so heartbroken over this tragedy but she has been managing to keep her head up for their children to make life as normal as she can for their 2 little ones. I am hoping and praying that Basil Vehicle for Vets would help this family. It would definitely put a smile on their faces. They definitely are worthy of this. The children do not have their father for the rest of their lives and are just left with memories of him.

Patricia Kessel

First Responder: Nurse

My mom has worked so hard in the last 11 years since my dad has died. She’s a nurse at the hospital Buffalo General she takes care of everybody’s parent grandparent when we’re sitting at home at Christmas and Thanksgiving without her. She’s had a very difficult summer she hurt her arm she’s unable to work right now, her Mustang broke, and now someone smashed her truck at the Garth brooks concert and they’re probably going to total it out. My mom‘s worked her butt off to get her masters degree in nursing education. She is an amazing nurse. Her morals and work ethic go above and beyond for all of her patients. She’s become close to so many of her patients that she talks to outside of work still . My mom deserves the world and I know I’ll never be able to give her that. She’s worked so hard for my brother and I in her career and it just seems like she just keeps getting beat down. I know she’s frustrated I know she’s sad right now I just wish I could give her a little hope and happiness

Ann Flack

First Responder: RN at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

My mom, Ann Flack, has worked at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for 58 years. She started in the dietary as she went to NCCC and became part of their first graduating class of Registered Nurses. She has worked as a full-time nurse ever since. She is 75 years old, still working full time. She has worked full time during her whole career, including during COVID. I remember her driving to work during the Blizzard of '77. (First responders were the only people allowed on the roads!) She is the longest standing employee of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. My dad passed away this winter, and my mom has chosen not to retire yet because she feels such a sense of purpose in her job, as well as loyalty to the hospital that has employed her all of these years. My mom is kind, caring and giving to everyone she meets. She truly has a heart of gold. My mom drives a very old car and would be so surprised and honored to receive a new car! I hope you will consider her!

Morgan Boss

First Responder: RN at Buffalo General

My daughter, Morgan Boss, has been working as an RN at Buffalo General Hospital for 1 1/2 years. She worked so hard to fulfill her dream of becoming an RN. She worked as an LPN, serving as a pediatric home healthcare nurse, while she was completing her bachelor's degree. Morgan is working hard to pay off her school loans, and would greatly benefit from a new car!

Andrew Carney

Military: Army

Drew is the most patriotic person I know and is so selfless, he works 60hrs a week to support our family and would give you the shirt off his back! Drew served for 6 years over seas from '97-'03 and even had his own platoon and men under him, he was a great leader who almost all his men still keep in touch with him. He really does deserve this and needs a new vehicle in the worst way. We love him so much! The photo is of him and his daughter. Thank you for taking your time to read this! -Sierra Jones

Kim Offhaus

First Responder: Ems captain/Police/fure/ems dispatcher

Kim is the EMS Captain of her volunteer fire dept, which manages to keep her dept up to date, provides training while making sure all their certifications are current. She also works 2 full time jobs and 1 part time job as it is her passion to help others. She never thinks of herself and wants to see everyone succeed.

Stephen Taylor

First Responder: Firefighter

I wanted to nominate Stephen Taylor for all of his hard work! He started his own business but because of covid he had to shut down and lost a lot. Around that time he also lost his best friend from high school. He started the Buffalo fire Academy in February and graduated June of 2022. He has a chevy malibu with over 180,000 miles and no credit history. He is a hard working young men and this would help him out!

Christopher Peterman

Military: Army National guard

My boyfriend Chris joined the military while in high school he went to basic training the summer after junior year He got activated during covid and spent 3 months in nyc providing aid right after that he spent a month in the capital of ny Albany due to the threats. He has spent the last five years doing what he can for everyone else would be nice for him to get something for himself.

Eric Lowman

Military: US Army

After multiple tours in Afghanistan has come home and reinsert himself with his family and community. As well as joint the American Legion Gabriel Rodriguez post family and being involved in multiple events around Buffalo to help grow and strengthen our community.

Francis McNamara

First Responder: Police Capt

My husband is a retired army veteran, a registered nurse and a retired police Captain. He joined the military at age 18 and served 28 years both active duty and reserve before retiring as a Captain from the 865th combat support hospital. He was a registered nurse at ECMC, NFMMC, and People Inc. He served as a Police officer in the Town of Tonawanda for 23 years. He was the commander of the SWAT team and retired with the rank of Police Captain. He also has worked as the school resource officer on Grand Island for no other reason then to protect the children. This was all until an injury resulted in neck neurosurgery and now significant disability. He has served the local WNY community for his entire career and his Country while in the military. He has been honored in the past receiving the crime stoppers award in 2014 and honored at the Buffalo Bandits game 2022 by WNY heroes. I cannot think of anyone more deserving. Thank you for what you do for our community. God Bless you

Jessica Blanar

Military: US Army

Jessica has been my battle buddy for the last 4 years.

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army national guard

Jessica is the truest form of selflessness. She has always put everyone else before herself and honestly deserves this! She is so full of love, passion, and giving back. She is currently in school to become a pa and is always ready to give back to her community. She has 3 dogs and 3 cats, all of which she has adopted or rescued herself. She works so hard everyday and is truly a heart of gold.

Jessica Blanar

Military: National Guard E5 11 years

I have nominated Jessica, as she is one of the best hard working girls I have ever known. She does the job throughly and has a great personality as well as the greatest work ethic. She is a strong smart individual who I feel should be nominated because of her dedication to everything she does in life. All around she’s a good candidate for this. Thank you for your time.

Jessica Blanar

Military: E5

Jessica is the epitome of a hard working, respectful woman who takes her position in the military as well as her familial role very seriously. While continuing to serve, she found her niche of wanting to continue to help people by enrolling in nursing school. She is all around an exemplary individual who is well deserving of this award.

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army E5

Jessica is the most deserving American- she is in the process of getting her degree in the healthcare field and I know she could use the help. She is hardworking and dedicated and is always helping others. She’s the first to show up for others and the last to leave.

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army

Jess has selflessly been in the military for the past 11 years serving our country. Her rank is E5, she's been deployed. She continues to serve and do good. She has done such amazing things for others without expecting anything in return I feel she would be a very deserving candidate for this.

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army

She has been serving our country for 11 years and recently became a Sergeant. She is dedicated, focused, and a leader. Jessica served in Kuwait, then in DC for the riot, and a rural county in the southern tier providing Covid vaccinations.

Jessica Blanar

Military: E-5 Sergeant, National Guard

Strength and Resilience is a virtue that has been shown by Jessica thru each and every 1 of her 11+ years in the US Army National Guard. From Kuwait to Australia to riot control in Washington D.C and numerous areas of stateside service….she’s done it all with an upbeat attitude, a smile on her face and a cheery disposition for every person she meets. Unbeknownst to most…she has been pursuing her medical degree to become a doctor of radiology and is now only 1.5 years away from that goal! This nomination isn’t only for an opportunity for a vehicle which would be used throughout her residency….it’s a humble brag from a family member (brother-in-law) who has quietly sat back and watched in wonder at Jessica as she does what I could never do. She’s an amazing person, an amazing addition to our family, a soon to be amazing member of the Buffalo Medical Community and does all this while steadfastly helping keep Americans safe from enemies…both foreign and domestic.

Jessica Blanar

Military: National Guard

Jessica Blanar is deserving of winning this car because she is an amazing human. Not only does she selflessly serve our country, she is a friend who will step in whenever she is needed. She is also the baby whisperer and will rock any crying baby to sleep.

Manley Francis

Military: Army

I am nominating my Dad, Manley Francis “Bud”. He was in Vietnam. He was a soldier and lost some of his good friends in the war. He was exposed to agent orange and suffers from health issues from this. He doesn’t like to talk about it much, but he is very strong for going through what he did. He has been an excellent dad, awesome grandpa and brother, and a great friend to everyone that meets him. He has overcome much in his life, and he does it with grace. He spends time fishing with his grand kids and loves nature! His baby book says that his first word was “deer”! He deserves to win this contest, because he is a Veteran that is very proud of his country and is very happy to protect others.

Terry Rutland

First Responder: Fire

Terry Rutland has been a first responder for Lewiston Fire Company No 1 for 6 years. Started his position as fire police captain keeping his fellow members and police safe. He currently holds the position of Vice President of the hall. The past few years have been tough on him and his family as he was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease that often times give him severe headaches and high blood pressure.when first diagnosed this kept him out of work for over 2 years, he recently started a new job. Even with his diagnosis he is still a top responder in the company making on average 150-250 calls a year to help serve his community.

Adam Cahill

Military: Marines

Adam is in desperate need of a new car. His car is a 2011. 2 weeks ago he had to have the head gasket replaced on the engine. An expense he could not afford. Friday (7/29) the drive shaft broke. He needs a reliable and safe vehicle to get to work to provide for his family of three small children under the age of 4. Adam is a disabled combat Marine who fought in Iraqi Operation Freedom. He has never owned a new vehicle and this would be his first!

Mark Mackey

Military: Army

I'm nominating my husband because he is the most selfless person I know. He retired from the Army, after a 22 year career, in 2011. To better himself, he completed his Bachelor's Degree at SUNY Fredonia (where he works now) and completed his Master's Degree at Liberty University. He is always looking for ways to help the community and seems to grow year after year. It started with being the president of the Fredonia Grange No 1 and then chairman for the Fredonia Farm Festival (the largest festival in the area). Thinking it's not enough, he decided to become a director of the Chautauqua County Fair. He puts in over 1,000 hours of volunteer work a year on top of working 40 hours a week. He is a great man.

Conrad Wierzbowski

Military: Army medic korean war

My dad just turned 84 and served in the korean war. He is still very active, even plays golf, but has NEVER had a brand new car. I'd love for him to experinece that once in his lifetime. He always helps others and asks for nothing in return.

Brennan Foskolos

First Responder: EMT

From the beginning of COVID til this day Brennan goes into work day in and day out ready and willing to go above and beyond. He puts his patients first with fast and empathy during each call he receives, Brennan always finds a connection with his patients which helps the people in need to trust him and is abilities to treat them.

Brennan Foskolos

First Responder: EMT

From the beginning of COVID til this day Brennan goes into work day in and day out ready and willing to go above and beyond. He puts his patients first with fast and empathy during each call he receives, Brennan always finds a connection with his patients which helps the people in need to trust him and is abilities to treat them.

Zachery Kirk

Military: Navy

Zachery is my son and an awesome twin brother, grandchild, cousin, and friend. He is currently deployed. This is about his first year in the military but, as he did at school and work, he takes any adventure with his head held high and confidence in his eyes! He was a great student in school with good grades and MANY awards. I know if he is selected he will be more than appreciative! Please select my son while he is putting his country before his young life. Thank you!

Thomas Holycross

Military: ARMY

I’m nominating my dad to receive a new car because he’s been loaning his daily driver out to my younger sister that just graduated so she can get to work and school. This often leaves him without a car and I don’t feel like that’s fair for him because he served 31 years in the ARMY and is trying to enjoy his retirement. He also loves hockey, fishing, hunting and the color green.

Carl Rizzo

Military: Army Veteran

As a retired and disabled veteran, Carl continues to help other veterans by volunteering with WNY hero's twice a month and helping to educate other veterans as to how to obtain benefits they are entitled to.

Kayla Wise

First Responder: Police

My daughter Kayla has been on the force a little over 2 years, and has been through a lot in her personal life and has seen and dealt with a lot in her job. She is a dedicated and hard worker and at times goes above and beyond . She has been leasing her vehicles and now wants her own. I feel she deserves that and to be recognized as the amazing person she is.

Harry Borowiak

Military: I believe National guard then he was 'regular' Army in Korea.

Harry is a quiet, giving person. He married a second wife in the 80s giving my Mom Linda, sis Marcy and I a real home alongside his 1st 2 children Jennifer & Paul. He / they always made sure we were all comfortable and well taken care of. He sent Jennifer and Marcy to four-year colleges and personally drove me to a year of guitar lessons basically right after coming home from work haha. Anyway his entire life has been dedicated to others and I just thought I would take this opportunity to nominate him for a vehicle he sorely needs he currently has a Toyota from 08 that may not see another year. Like I say he is quiet and lives in the same home he brought us all up in carefully though so he quite likely won't answer the phone not knowing who the caller is so I'm not sure how to get around that I will go look for his email now. Thank you for the consideration.

Pierre Heard

Military: Marine Corps

He's been through so much while in the service which resulted in mental health issues and a diagnosis of PTSD. As he's about to transition out of the military, a new vehicle will help him pursue his next venture in welding and fabrication, and hopefully business ownership.

Shanna Sengillo

First Responder: EMT

I am nominating my girlfriend who is an EMT of 6 years. She has dedicated the last 6 years of her life selflessly helping others. Working 24 hour shifts, multiple jobs, and going to school. She volunteered for her first two years at a volunteer fire department while working full time and going to school. She not only worked in EMS right here in western NY but also in Phoenix Arizona. She worked the pandemic from the beginning in Phoenix. When know one knew what was going on, she showed up everyday to help strangers. When she got pregnant last year she took a leave of absence due to a high risk pregnancy. After a risky csection, she continues to heal and take care of our daughter. She has been wanting a safer vehicle for our daughter but we cannot afford one anytime soon due to her not working, and student loan debt. Her selflessness has continued at home, and I know she cannot wait to get back to work to continue her public service. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of a new veh

Mackenzie Chandler

First Responder: EMT

Mackenzie is a full time nursing student at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. At the age of 15 Mackenzie had several surgeries on her hip for hip dysplasia and her arm after a bad accident all with in a year. After that she decided she needed to get involved with her community and help those in need. When she turned 16 she went to night classes to get het EMT license. She worked for Medical Transport Services out of Scio NY part time while she kept up with her academics and played sports. When she started college she would drive back home to work for MTS on the weekends. Then COVID happened and shut down campus and she answered the call of duty for her community. Mackenzie worked 40+ hours a week and took care of COVID positive patients and transferred them to Buffalo and Rochester. All while having to do her studies on line for college and maintained a 3.4 GPA. When she graduates she plans on becoming a flight nurse.

Paul Furmanek

Military: Army

First of all Paul is one of the most amazing/father husband to his wife and daughter I have ever met. He always has a fantastic attitude no matter what. His face lights up when talking about his daughter and wife. He always puts his family first, despite working on a disability claim. Even after a long day at work paul will come home take care of the yard and will even cook dinner for his wife and almost 2 year old daughter. . Paul and his wife just recently found out the news they are now expecting a suprise baby. He continues to support the military through his job at Moog, which he loves. No matter the situation paul is always willing to jump in with a positive calm attitude and help. Whether it be a fellow veteran,neighbor or a complete stranger. I am proud to know paul and what an extraordinary person he is in all aspects of his life.

Paul Furmanek

Military: Army

My husband is so hard working and does so much for our family. He puts a lot of wear and tear in his vehicle so he can see his daughter bi-weekly. He never wants anything nice for himself and puts others first.

Edward Paulk

Military: Army (retired)

He always puts everyone above himself. After losing my 3 eldest children within 24 months of each other- my husband held me up. He was my backbone and reminded me to breath. He is helping me to raise my granddaughter as our own. He is a case manager at work for people with mental health disabilities and he goes above and beyond in their care- bringing most of it home with him. I can’t think of a more living- dedicated- deserving man than my husband. He is my real life hero and without him- there would be no me.

Larry Milton

First Responder: Sheriff

Larry already has been nominated!! He is a great person and very helpful to anyone he sees.

Mackenzie Chandler

First Responder: EMT

Mackenzie has worked part-time as a first responder since her junior year in highschool. After she graduated she went to college full-time to get her bachelor's in nursing. While she's been in school she has drove 2 hours every weekend to serve her community to work as a medic for Medical Transport Services in Scio Ny. When COVID shut down campus she came home and worked 40+ hours a week and transported patients to Buffalo and Rochester. She also worked doing COVID testing sites. While doing her college studies on line and maintaining a 3.4 gpa. She also joined the Allentown fire department to be there medic onsite during fires. Her plans after graduation is to become a flight nurse and continue to serve her community!

Clifford Golembieski

Military: Marine

My brother has been trying to get a new vehicle for the past 2 years. He works 10 hr shifts at the VA hospital in buffalo and spends almost every weekend working in his current vehicle just so he can get to work during the week. He desperately needs a new vehicle. He served our country for a decade and now could use anything/anyone from our country to help him and his family out. He has two younger children whom he misses out in their sports/activities because he s working on his truck every weekend. The photo is of my brother when he got home from Iraq. It's one of the only ones I have and he agreed to be in. He has PTSD pretty bad. Please don't mention that In any way or manner. Thank you.

Andrew Thiel

Military: Marines

My dad was drafted into the marines during Vietnam and successfully completed his military time. My father is also still an active member of the Boston volunteer fire department and I believe has 54 or 55 years of volunteer service with the fire company. He still works part time as a dealer trade driver just to make ends meet and could really use a new vehicle. My dad would do anything for anyone, strangers included, he’s old school , a blue collar worker, and would give you the shirt off his back if needed. He is going to turn 77 years old this august

Andrew Thiel

Military: Marines

My dad was drafted into the marines during Vietnam and successfully completed his military time. My father is also still an active member of the Boston volunteer fire department and I believe has 54 or 55 years of volunteer service with the fire company. He still works part time as a dealer trade driver just to make ends meet and could really use a new vehicle. My dad would do anything for anyone, strangers included, he’s old school , a blue collar worker, and would give you the shirt off his back if needed. He is going to turn 77 years old this august

Andrew Thiel

Military: Marines

My dad was drafted into the marines during Vietnam and successfully completed his military time. My father is also still an active member of the Boston volunteer fire department and I believe has 54 or 55 years of volunteer service with the fire company. He still works part time as a dealer trade driver just to make ends meet and could really use a new vehicle. My dad would do anything for anyone, strangers included, he’s old school , a blue collar worker, and would give you the shirt off his back if needed. He is going to turn 77 years old this august

Caleb Gaudy

Military: Air Force

I am nominating Caleb Gaudy to win the vehicle for vets because although his service in the military may be in the past, he still serves others without asking for anything in return. Caleb served in the Air Force and his service ended earlier than he had hoped due to an injury. He is a disabled veteran who now works for Niagara County Crisis Services, helping others in their time of need. Caleb drives a 2010 Nissan Sentra without a complaint so he can provide for his family. Caleb should be nominated (and win!) a vehicle because he puts his family first. He is an amazing husband and a wonderful father. He served his country, and now he serves his community and family. Not only does he need a newer, bigger vehicle, but he certainly deserves one!

James Raines

Military: Navy

Jim is a Navy Veteran and one of the greatest men you could know. Pandemic, shutdown of 2020 interfered with him being able to begin treatment right away, yet he continued working and fighting and is acancer survivor.

Thomas Ortiz

Military: Army

He never says no and is always ready to help. He is also nice and kind. He doesn't expect anything in return.

Andrew Miller

Military: Army

I am nominating Staff Sgt. Andrew Miller for your Vehicles for Vets give-a-way. Drew enlisted in January of 1997 and has been a dedicated soldier completing 2 tours in Afghanistan. He is married to my cousin Josie and they have 4 beautiful children. Unfortunately due to deployment Drew missed the birth of his first born son Michael. Josie is such an understanding military wife, supporting his love of country. She was raising 4 young children, mostly on her own. They lived in Rochester but Drew was stationed in Buffalo. After deployment Drew would drive back and forth every day to base for work in his tiny 2012 Sonic now with over 170K mil. Eventually they decided to to move to Buffalo. Josie was often alone with young kids, one with special needs, in a new city. Drew ended up hurt with a shattered ankle and for the first time ever facing the fears of a civilian job market. Recently they had set backs. Mini van died, washer dies and they have a big bill for their son's summer program.

JOE Coffta Sr

First Responder: Commissioner and President of Sloan Active Hose #1

Joe selflessly has helped people for the past 44 years without complaint as a volunteer firfefighter for Sloan Active Hose Co #1. It doesn't matter the time, day or night he responds to help people. 7 years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and that did not stop him from volunteering. If anything he was even more determined then to help others. He is also a past chief among other offices he has held. He has no plans on stopping volunteering. He is a father of 3 and a grandfather to 7. He has been married for 37 years.

Russell Maracle

Military: Marines

I would like to nominate my Uncle for Vehicles for Vets. He has served in The Vietnam War as a member of the USMC. He currently has a 2010 Ram mini van, that he recently has had to make numerous repairs to. The monitary strain and stress that goes with a vehicle that is not reliable goes without saying. Having Parkinsons Disease and numerous back surgeries have him walking with two canes. He also, recently has been having alot more difficulty walking. Having a vehicle equipped where he can use his motorized scooter would also help tremendously with doctors appointments and getting out into the community. My uncle is a person that would help anyone that needs help at anytime. He is one that does not like to take help from others and always feels someone else could use the help more than himself. This would be a blessing for him and something I know he truely would be grateful for. Thank you

John Murray

Military: Marine Corps

John is not only a Combat Vet he is also a RN at the VA giving back to serving his Veterans. John also is a full time Fireman in Buffalo. John is a disabled Vet but continues work Full time as well as part time. John always is willing go above and beyond for anyone. He is the most guinuine, kindest soul ever. He is deserving of so much. He is selfless and caring. He has made our Country proud. I hope you deeply consider him. What an honor 🇺🇸 ❤️

Charles Cardino

Military: Navy (Disabled Navy vet)

My husband came along when my children were suffering from the pain of my x husband. My (now) 21 year old daughter (from my first marriage) is autistic and not always easy to deal with. Added her many medical problems (seizures, she went blind last year and needed a stent placed in her head and most recently a 7mm kidney stone). She loves animals and he has jumped right in with her 3 dogs 3 cats and now 3 guinea pigs. My 15 y o daughter had crippling anxiety and my 14 y o son anger issues. Add to that he drives his 30 y o son (who is autistic and has had seizures so he cant drive) home from work everyday and to drs appts. Often taking time out of his work day to take him home if he has a seizure at work. His car is racking up the miles rapidly. We just bought our first house. Close Aug 26. Im 47 hes 63. 3 marriages & we finally got it right. A new car would take his mind off that and he can focus on finally owning his own home. Thank you PS Im an Army veteran.

Joe Vasquez

Military: Army ranger

Joe has served for our country he’s an outstanding citizen he dedicate his time to helping others out he’s served many times overseas for us he’s always there to help anybody out when someone’s in need he dedicate his time to 4-H Fairgrounds he also works on the New York State canal he’s just the best all American citizen

Ron Fermo

Military: Navy

I am nominating my husband as he is a proud disabled vet. He loved his time in the Navy and will talk to anyone about it that will listen. Unfortunately he was injured while serving and now has many back issues. Ron gets up every day like nothing is wrong and continues with his daily routine. He tries to hide his pain but I can see it in his face and hear his groans every once in awhile. If anyone asks he always says I would serve all over again just not in this body. He always talks to other vets if they need any information and he is a member of the veteran group at his work. I don’t know if anyone who is more proud to have served our country than my husband.

Earl Jackson

Military: Navy

My father is the sweetest, hardest working man I know! He deserves this vehicle for easier transportation with his amputation.

Kelly Sipolo

Military: Navy

I am nominating Kelly Sipolo, who is not only a veteran but a nurse. She served before 911 and was hospital corpsman. Now she is a nurse who worked heroically during the COVID pandemic like all other health care personnel. Her regular duties though are dealing with the opioid epidemic. She works and supports the families who lost their loved ones to an overdose. She also works getting people into treatment I can't think of anyone more deserving. Thank you for considering her.

Kelly Sipolo

Military: Navy

I would love to nominate my supervisor Kelly Sipolo RN BSN and navy vet. I know she served on the USS Enterprise and was in the military for I think 8 years. She then became a nurse. I know prior to her coming into the health department, she worked as a nurse in the county jail. Now she works with families that are grieving their loved ones who died because of the opioid epidemic. Not only does she do this , she also continues to vaccinate and provide harm reduction materials to those in need. Each day she works along side homeless population and girls who live on the street. She is kind, caring and compassionate. She treats all her patients with kindness and understanding. She always makes her self available to anyone who needs help. She continues too honor the traditions the military has installed in her. She would make the perfect candidate to win a vehicle.

Lita Patterson

Military: USAF/USAFR SMSgt / Superintendent

My husband served over 37 years and saved some aircraft and aircrew’s with his supervision and expertise with inspecting and instructing the survival equipment to all aircrew. They deployed to the Far East Asia many times and to the surprise of everyone they all returned home safe. My husband devoted his life to his country and family. A very strong man who loves his family and country unconditionally. I can not thank him enough and wish my husband the only best in his retired life.

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army

She deserve this! She works very hard and fights for what she wants!! Shes very independent

Andrew Shonitsky

Military: Army

My husband took a medical retirement from the Army in July 2018. During his 16 years of service, he served in two combat zones (Kosovo and Iraq). He tried his best to serve out the full 20 years, but was eventually medically retired due to injuries received in Iraq. He should be considered for this because he has always placed the needs of others before his own. He never treats himself to anything nice, but makes sure that his family has everything that we have ever wanted.

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army

She very caring and kind and always thinks of others before herself. I love working with her!

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army

I couldn’t think of anybody more deserving than a new car. Jessica is such a hard and dedicated worker! She has been in the army national guard for 11 years and did a tour in Kuwait. She’s going to school for her physicians assistant and plans on transferring that to the military to finish out her 20 years.

Kelly Sipolo

Military: Navy OEF OLF , nurse with the Opiate Task Force

Kelly is an amazing woman in that her whole life she has chosen to serve. She is a compassionate and caring person. Her life has been dedicated to always helping and taking care of others not to mention her bravery for serving our country. When she’s not taking care of people she is taking care of her pets as she is also an animal lover. Kelly is such a giver, she deserves to be taken care of as well for all her selfless acts of care. Thank you.

Michael Sisti

Military: USAF

Mike naturally loves to help people. He’s the kind of person who would run into a burning building or jump into the water without hesitation to save a life. A rare breed indeed! Makes one feel totally protected.

Jessica Blanar

Military: Army

I’ve been working with Jessica at the Olive Branch for the last three years. She is an excellent and dedicated worker I love it when we’re on the schedule together. She’s been in the military for the past 11 years and plans on doing the full 20 and then some possibly. I am super proud of her for serving our country.

Cody Wicks

Military: Marines

Cody is one of the hardest working people I know. He has the kindest personality and deserves more than anything in the world. Cody served two tours in Afghanistan. He’s always been proud of his time in the military. He never boasts or brags, and is very humble when people thank him for his service.

Edward Seres

Military: Army

Korean War Veteran who served our country honorably. Worked hard all his life-deserves a surprise reward🇺🇸

Chris Coleman

Military: Army

Chris is a dedicated family man that has fallen into some hard times financially. I don't know a more deserving man than him that can use a new vehicle!

Ricardo Borrero

First Responder: EMT and Army vet

My husband Ricardo has been an EMT for the last 4 years and is currently in nursing school. He was in the Army Reserve for 8 years and has always had a desire to help others. A few weeks ago my husband was driving with our son in my car and they were hit head on by someone under the influence. My son is okay but Ricardo suffered from internal bleeding and a herniated disc. This has put a tremendous amount of stress on my husband and our family. He truly cares for others and is always there for those in need. He is selfless and rarely does anything for himself. He is currently without a car and I know that a new vehicle would relieve a significant amount of his stress. Please consider this truly deserving veteran and first responder!

Owen Meehan

Military: Retired army veteran

Owen did three tours in Iraq along with being a great leader for his soldiers. Retired from the army with 23 years of service. His soldiers still call and ask him for guidance as they totally respect him.

Owen Meehan

Military: Retired army veteran

Owen did three tours in Iraq along with being a great leader for his soldiers. Retired from the army with 23 years of service. His soldiers still call and ask him for guidance as they totally respect him.

Thomas Hajdaj

Military: Army

Thomas had served in the army for 33 years. Stationed in South Korea, Afghanistan, and just returned from Kuwait. He is a devoted husband, father and citizen. He has three children. Two girls, one of which graduated from college, the other will be in her second year of college and his son will be a senior at Frontier with a 101 average. Before leaving for Kuwait last August, his new car was totaled from the rear on Route 5. Everyone inside was ok. Upon coming home this year, he found his old car needed 4 tires and a new battery. Since then, he was informed that it needed $3000.00 more work to be done. I feel Tom is a deserving person holding two positions all these years and should be honored for his duty and sacrifice.

SFC Denise Puskar

Military: ARMY

I'm nominating decorated SFC Puskar because she has been serving her country and community in various states and here in Western NY for 35 years. Denise is completely dedicated to her job as an Army recruiter and follows her people through their senior year, basic, Ait and through all milestones of their lives to wedding's and children and any help they will need in between. Denise is a dedicated Mom of 2, one being her youngest child her son whom she just put in the Army July 2022. You need help military or not if you call her she will be there to help you. Denise is an amazing sister, wife and best friend and drives each day from Fredonia to West Seneca and prior to that from Fredonia to her station in Erie PA. She will drive to Ohio if she is requested by a recruit to work specifically with her. Denise is the epitomy of service and valor and dedication to our country, community, family and friends closest to her. Denise is the First Woman Commander of her Fredonia ALP as of 6/2022

Kelly Sipolo

Military: Navy

Lots of well deserving candidates each with their own unique story. It will be hard to chose. I know my sister Kelly would just be honored to be nominated. I hope she gets to see this. I remember her joining the Navy during the USS Cole bombing. There was no war at the time. By the time she came home nearly a year later we had 9/11. Kelly was on leave at that time and we lived in Staten Island. The entire world felt the devastation. But for us it it home literally. We cried when she left two days later to go back to base. Passing those empty left behind cars at the train station, their owners never to return. I remember all the presents she mailed from countries I would hear about on the news. That was the reality for us during the early 2000's. Now she is a nurse dealing with the opiate epidemic. That too hits closer to home for our family than most. I thank you for acknowledging the vets and first responders.

Kelly Sipolo

First Responder: Navy Nurse

I want to nominate my daughter Kelly. I am so proud of the person she has become. She over came a troubled child hood and excelled in the Navy. She proudly served her country being a combat medic for the Navy. I remember being told my daughter was in the most honorable rate in the Navy. I have so many fond memories of being at her boot camp graduation, multiple homecomings for deployments and when she was promoted. After struggling to find her way after getting out. She became a nurse where I was able to pin her. She moved me to Buffalo to care for me after my strokes. She works full time, raises my granddaughter and works as the nurse in the Opiate task force for the health department. She takes care of families who are struggling with addiction. Please consider her . Thank you so very much.

Lawrence Lotempio

Military: Army

He helps everybody including strangers he's always willing to help and give a lending hand to anyone he's the first one to volunteer with the church and the knights of Columbus he would do anything for anyone and has he works in the construction field and frequently helps people in need and donates his time he's always been there for his country his family and his friends

Steven Bugg

Military: Army

He's a great guy that fought for our country for several years

Jeff McMullen

First Responder: Firefighter & EMT

Jeff has worked hard as a volunteer firefighter & EMT starting when he was 18 years old. He has enjoyed his volunteer work but has had to step back recently due to injures sustained in a car accident. He hopes to feel better soon to continue helping his community.

Devante Whitaker

Military: USMC

The sacrifices he’s made for my family as well as this country is unmatched. Even after recently separating honorably, he still dedicated his free time helping other vets in need or even current Marines he’s served with. In his career, he always had a tough and disciplined mindset, which makes me believe he 100% deserves the chance to win a vehicle because he is another definition of “Built. Ford. Tough.”

Austin Pawlak

Military: US Marine Corp

Austin graduated from Fredonia High School in June 2016. One week later he was in Paris Island, SC for boot camp. Austin had plans of making a career in the Marine Corp. In his third year he became disabled and was honorably discharged in 2020. After having surgery, he started criminal justice classes at JCC in Jamestown. He graduated in 2022. Austin would definitely benefit from a new vehicle in order to pursue a career in law enforcement by attending the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy.

Kelly Sipolo

First Responder: Nurse opiate task force

She is an amazing woman, contacts my family every year to honor my nephew who passed away due to opiate abuse. Everytime something comes up that will help us bring awareness or solace to us or others she contacts us and goes through the process with us from start to finish!

Cody Wicks

Military: US Marines

Cody has served his country honorably as a US Marine and deserves to be recognized for his service and savrifices for our country everyday. He deserves to be honored as a recipient of vehicles for vets.

Cody Wicks

Military: US Marines

Cody has served his country honorably in the military as a US Marine and has continued to represent his country well. He is a dedicated husband, father, and Marine who deserves to be honored everyday for the sacrifices he has made. This honor includes being a recipient of vehicles for vets.

Jeffrey Leuppie

Military: Navy

Active and reserve, mobilized to CT after 9/11. Employer let him take his laptop so he could still get some work done. Never a sad or angry word. Proud and honored to serve. Admired by all his employees and peers. Super guy. Humble and sweet. My everything! Now works at a local church/school and absolutely loves it!

Joe Tortorella

First Responder: Police Officer

My name is Erica Tortorella and I am nominating my husband Deputy Joe Tortorella from the Niagara Co. Sheriffs Office. Joe is a 17 year veteran all of which has been spent on the road patrol in Niagara Co. In April of 2015 Joe was involved in an Officer involved shooting where he put himself in front of a gunman 100 feet from Errick Road Elementary School after said gunman had shot both of his parents and also shot Joe. Joe was able to return fire, striking the gunman several times and ending the threat to hundreds of school children as well as two of his own children and myself who were all in the school only 100 feet away at the time of the incident. Joe undoubtedly saved many lives that day including the gunman’s parents who were airlifted and survived. Joe was awarded with several accommodations none greater than the Presidential Medal of Valor which he received at the White House in 2017 from then Pres. Obama. Joe drives a 2010 Tundra with 200k miles on it. Please consider Joe.

Ronald Graham

Military: Air Force

Ronald has been in the Air Force , as a son of a retired life Navy vet . He has dedicated his time after getting out of the service to the life as veterans . He has been an advocate to homeless veterans , and worked solely with this community as his career . He has remained dedicated to helping Veterans in job placement , counseling to their mental needs as a certified Christian counselor , as well as serving meals to them . He has taught his 3 daughters and son the dedication and services these men and women as well as himself and family history has given . They are also instilled with his compassion . He has given from his own money from his family to help pay forward to the veteran community while going without for his household . Ronald deserves this gift of a new car to be able to continue his work in this very unvalued community . Thank you

David Schneider

Military: Air Force

Long years of service to this country.

richele edwards

Military: Air Force

My daughter is an amazing daughter/mother/wife/friend/volunteer/aunt/cousin/co-worker and on and on and onnnn. She never does anything for herself because she is to busy taking care of everyone else.

Richard Thomas

Military: Army

I am nominating my husband of 39 yrs. because he loved his country and served in the Vietnam War as a door gunner and was in combat when he got wounded and shot in the right elbow and spent 10 months in the Walson Army hospital in Fort Dix NJ. They thought he'd never use his arm again but with perseverance and determination he has. The war changed my husband mentally and physically. He suffers PTSD and his right arm has gotten worse as he has grown older. He is 75 yrs old now and I am so proud of him and his service to this country.

Ronald Stabler

Military: Army, National Gurard

Ron is a 27 year vet. He has had 2 deployment to the Middle East.

Jim Stabler

First Responder: Buffalo Police 28 yrs

Jim had been a Buffalo New York Police Officer for 28 years. He have achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Jim will retire at the end of this month.

David Stabler

First Responder: Buffalo Police 24 yrs

David has been a Buffalo New York Police Officer for 24 years. David achieved the rank of Captain and retire at the end of July of this year.

Linda Young

Military: Army/reserves

Linda is a retired veteran who is now on SSDI. Her car is literally falling apart and she needs it to last until February 2024 when she's eligible for her military pension. She helps take care of her mother in Lockport....her Aunt an Uncle in Albany and her friend's mother in Depew all have Alzheimers...she also runs my granddaughter who lives with us to all her appointments and shopping. Linda's retired with 26 yrs plus.....she would have stayed in longer but she had to get out because she got hurt in her regular job and wasn't allowed to stay in being on workers comp.

Thomas Crino

Military: Army, Specialist, Combat Medic

My son Thomas is a person to be proud of. Thomas put college on hold to serve his country. Thomas was a Combat Medic with the U.S. Army, Stationed out of Fort Drum, NY. Thomas being in the military in any branch is difficult. Thomas could have chosen a safe job in the army but did the opposite. Whatever stage of life Thomas has been in he wants to make a difference. As a Combat Medic, Thomas felt he could make a difference by saving lives of those soldiers, of which he fought along side in Afghanistan.. After his service Thomas got Married to his beautiful wife Cassidy in April of 2021. They are now expecting a son, Shamus in September. It is tough for a young couple just starting out. Recently his 9 year old ford broke down and left them stranded. We had to go get them. He ended up paying a $1500 bill on an old car. It is still unreliable. This is why I am nominating him. He sure could use it. Please consider him for this honor.

Chris Barnard

First Responder: Police

Chris is the most selfless individuals I have ever met. He works long, overnight hours to serve his community as a police officer. This is a thankless job that is criticized endlessly by the media and there are many folks to who hate the police - the very people who couldn't survive without them. Chris deals with some very sad situations. He sees children in awful situations, he sees domestic violence situations, drugs and alcohol abuse, car accidents, deaths, and more. He is often harassed - both physically and with words. And yet, he continues to do his job to protect and serve his community. For someone who sees so much sadness, he still finds the good in people. You can find him helping little children and making them not afraid of the cops. He buys meals for the homeless, he gives rides to those in needs. There would be no way to list all the good deeds he performs, but I can say he does it all with a smile, despite the often negative situations that his career faces.

Donald Piglowski

Military: Navy

Donald is going to be 74 on Oct 24! What a great birthday gift! He had never owned a brand new vehicle. He bought a 2013 Ford F-150 in Jan of this year. Its " good enough", even though the check engine light just came on. He saved as a Boatswain's Mate, and can fix most anything, but he's busy all day working 22 acres. If it was a Navy ship he might be able to fix it, but I think he deserves better. He's an avid fly fisherman and loves to work with young kids to teach them to fish, especially when they don't have a adult male to look up to.

Mark Cerula

Military: U.S. Army Combat Engineer

I've spent the last 10 years helping my husband work through his PTSD from Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a father to four children and is constantly trying to make his relationships with them more healthy. It is not easy repairing the past events he has endured. It's the silent battles that take the biggest toll on families of Veterans, and this Combat Engineer could really use a vehicle to help his day to day travel for work alot better.

Juliana Imperi

Military: Army

My stepdaughter Juliana is the hardest working kid I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. She is dedicated and driven. She is about to start her freshman at Buffalo state after graduating early from maritime academy. She enlisted at 17 and while most kids were off partying their life away. Julie has been away becoming an MP. Her biological father has not been in her life and something like this would really teach her that hard work and dedication pay off

Dennis Klaczyk

Military: Air Force

Dennis came from a poor, broken family in Polish Buffalo and took control of his life by joining the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He came home to raise three sons and teach them how to work hard, be generous, and know the difference between right and wrong. He had always (and will always) go above and beyond for those he can help and supports his loved ones at every opportunity. He has been the hero he needed when he was younger, and he deserves all of the love and recognition in the world.

Frank Bongiovanni

Military: United States Marine Corp

GYSGY BONGIOVANNI Frank retired after 19 year in the united state marine corp in 2015, he was honorable medically discharged after a medical Accident he withstand in a surgery while overseas. Frank did 3 tours 2 in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan, Frank missed the birth of his daughter Cassie when he was on his third tour in Fiddlers green Southern Afghanistan. Frank is now my step dad and live back in his home town of Niagara county! Although day to day are much different for him Because of all he did for our country, he is one of the most amazing people you will meet! Frank struggles daily with with his PTSD and some days is hard for him to pull himself out of bed, but somehow he does it. Frank would give anyone the shirt off his back and shoes off his feet. Even after all my step dad has been through and still counties to go through being his bad luck streak has followed him out of the service, he deserves to be nominated to anything that gives back to all he went through.

Kelly Sipolo

Military: Navy Nurse

I remember being 6 years old and my Aunt leaving after the Twin Towers came down. I couldn't wait to bring her in for show and tell at school when she came back. I was proud of her then, and proud of her now.

Brady Raynor

First Responder: Crew Chief

Brady was active duty in the United States Air Force as a crew chief on an F-15 fighter jet from 2008 to 2013 where immediately upon honorable discharge, went to Southeast Lineman Training Center to pursue a career as a lineman. He has been working tirelessly as a lineman since graduation at the Village of Mayville and then most recently at NYSEG in Lancaster, NY. Brady works tirelessly to restore power and sacrifices time with his wife and 2 year old son to ensure the quality of life for those that need power in his community. He is a great husband, father, friend, neighbor, colleague, and worker to those he serves.

Kelly Sipolo

First Responder: Navy

Former Navy and now a Rockstar nurse. I love working with her and watching her bring comfort to those who have lost their loved ones to substance use. She also goes out of her way to take care of the girls who work the streets, providing clothes, medical care and linkage with support.

Findley Wilson

Military: Army

My father in law is not my in law he is my father hands down I can call and ask him anything thing and his advise is always so helpful or if I need him to come fix something on the job that got broke he will always say sure I can give it my best shot and he has always made me feel welcome in his family and I have worked with him on so many of his cars and I don’t know how he always found a way to make it seem as thought it is okay there is always room for something better so a realizable vehicle is just what he needs right now in his life since now more than ever he is trying to stay occupied due to loosing the most important person in his life not too long ago and he is trying to change his way he used to have to run mom to dialysis twice a week so please give this vets a long time due Thanks by picking him because his luck sure does need to change

Paul Ozimek

First Responder: President of Friendship VFD, Friendship, NY

I am nominating Paul because he puts everyone else before himself. He has gone through 3 trcks in the past 2 years due to no fault of his own just buying from dishonest dealers and getting ripped off with poor quality trucks. Anyway, he volunteers with the fire dept., the ambulance squad, the American Red Cross, Hospice, Office of the Aging, and he is a 3 conflict disabled veteran besides from the Persian Gulf Era. He is in constant pain due to 3 back surgeries from car accidents, and also suffers from PTSD. In the 26 years we have been together we have opened our house to children from broken homes most of whom are teenagers. We then show them how to grow up to be responsible adults. No matter how much pain he is in, if someone asks him for help, he will stop what he is doing to go help them he will also sell his things to get money to help others. Thiscman is very giving and highly respected by all who know him. He never asks for praise but he is a God send to many.

Miranda Manning

First Responder: EMT

My daughter's first love and only thing she ever wanted to do is be a EMT. She got hurt on the job when she was about 19. She lose her love of her life. That's the only thing she ever wanted to do. We have tried so many things for her back. She has endure the pain of so many tests. She can never work as a paid EMT again. She is devastated. She now has a child and one one the way. She needs a vehicle now more Tham ever. Please pick Miranda.

Greyson Hender

First Responder: EMT/Firefighter

Greyson is very good at his job and puts everyone else before him. He knows how to help others and would risk his life to help those in need.

Findley Wilson

Military: Army

As long as I have know my grampa he’s always helped us with our school work, went above and beyond to take us out to places, made time for us, he never had a good car but he still made it work.

Errik Gordon

Military: United States Coast Guard

I nominate Errik because he is an integral part of our community and our home. He separated in 2017 from the USCG, he has worked tirelessly and never does anything for himself , his dedication to others is unmatched and I , among many others believe he deserves something for himself. He has always wanted a new car , yet never talks about what he wants. He dedicated his time and body for our country , he was injured multiple times while serving and yet still get up everyday and dedicated himself to still helping others. I believe Errik is a person who deserves something nice in his life for his efforts.

Jason Nesci

First Responder: EMT

I am nominating my husband as he is a veteran and also an EMT. Jason served 14 years in the Army and wanted to continue to provide a service a to his community. Therefore, he joined the Elma fire company and is now an EMT. Jason has always had a used vehicle and made sure when we did get a new vehicle, it was primarily the family car. Jason is currently working towards finding full time employment and would benefit from having a vehicle that is going to last as his truck is breaking down. Jason takes care of our family, he loves his community and is certainly deserving of a new vehicle. Thank you.

John Guiher

First Responder: Deputy Fire Chief, EMT, State Fire Instructor, USAF Veteran

Between the emergency services and military services, John has made a life and a career out of helping those in need, John is one of the most selfless men I have ever met, always putting others before himself. Unfortunately his beloved truck has not been doing so well in these WNY winters, and is slowly rotting away. Everytime we discuss fixing up the truck he always says there’s things to get done around the house first for our family and it just sits in the driveway

John Mingle Jr

Military: Navy

Disabled Veteran that was injured during his service in 89. Very good man. He Could definitely use a vehicle to get to work he drives an old 1999 Buick park avenue that’s on its last leg. Works hard and lives for his family.

Bob Riley

Military: Navy

Bob is my uncle and one of the most generous people I know! He was in the Navy from 1971-1976 and was in the Vietnam War. He served as an amphibious assault team member. While in the Navy, he traveled to Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. He worked for the US Border Patrol for 31 years until he retired in 2008. He also served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT for over 30 years in various area fire departments.

Derek Zientara

Military: US Army (Active Duty)

Derek and I joined the US Army right out of high school in 2002. After years of service, Derek returned to Buffalo to start a construction business as a forerunner of the WNY Renaissance. He is the definition of a family man and friend. He helped me launch and invested in my housing business doing so with other friends literally building our community. He is raising three young children, dedicating his life to them. The only time he is away from them is to tend to emergency calls from family or friends. Whether it’s a sister’s burst pipe in winter that is flooding the basement or the elderly neighbor with a major roof leak, he has been there to help people that can’t afford to help themselves. His business has taken a hit since Covid and has suffered financial setbacks due to some customers refusing to pay their bills. He is in the process of selling his shop and has expressed the possibility of closing his doors for good. This could greatly help someone that has helped so many others.

William Cloen

First Responder: police

I believe my husband should be nominated because his character exemplifies what every officer should be. He carries his strength in patience, kindness and humility. His love for public service started in his early twenties when volunteering for his local fire department and learned quickly that he genuinely loved serving others in our community. While it is common for officers to recieve what is called "officer complaints" due to the nature of the job, my husband has recieved several letters of gratitude from the community he serves so well. He is the officer you would want in any situation. He holds steady under the most stressful circumstances when most of us would crumble, but he is also the first to offer his genuine kindness, tenderness, and sympathy to his community when they find themselves in the most dire of situations. He would NEVER want recognition for his immeausrable service which is all the more reason why he deserves such and honorable and overwhelmingly generous gift!

Lisa Bodenburg

Military: Marines

She is a helicopter rescuer . Also a crew chief . Was in Iraq and Afghanistan… Saved many many lives in the military war… Very passionate about being in the military it’s her life her love for her country.

Findley Wilson

Military: Army

I'd like to nominate my uncle Jerry (Findley), he served in Vietnam and would be a great candidate for this giveaway. My uncle always puts others first and is in need of a newer vehicle. My uncle is retired now but he worked as a contractor after his time in the Army, retiring from working at the VA Medical Center. My uncle Jerry is on the right in the attached photo next to my other late uncle who also served in Vietnam. My uncle Jim on the right in the attached photo passed away a few years back.

Roger Lance

Military: Army

I am nominating my Step Dad because he is the most compassionate and deserving man in the world. My father passed away when I was 15 of a Brain Stem Bleed , he was only 45 years young. My mother met my Step Dad a couple years later and he helped our family in so many ways . He served our country for 23 years and retired with multiple issues from the service, but that never interfered with his love and dedication to us. He has never had a car that didn’t run properly, the one he did have, he gave to me to get to college and back. It would mean the world to him to have a vehicle that runs. My Step Dad served in Afghanistan and operations after September 11. He also developed anti-drug youth programs as part of the counter drug task force for 16 years, to help reduce the demand for drugs. Thank you for your consideration of this lovely Man.

Clarence Sanford

Military: Army

My great grandfather recently lost everything his house and part of his finances. He is a wonderful man, a hard worker, always looking to help others, LOVES his mother who is now in a family due to her having Alzheimer’s & dementia. He is currently unable to see her unless family goes to get her. I would love for him to have a car to be able to see her more. Especially since she’s getting older & progressing. This car would bring joy to him as it would to me.

Joshua Myers

First Responder: Fire Chief, Volunteer Fire Chief and Air Force Veteran

Josh truly embodies the motto "Service Before Self." Whether he is leading men and women in the military, the fire department, or coaching little league, Josh is always making sure "his people" are taken care of first. One of Josh's favorite things to do is teach and believes that giving people tools, training, and knowledge is the best way to have continuous personal growth. Josh is a NYS and Erie County Fire Instructor, the Coordinator for the Erie County Technical Rescue Team, and serves in the Air National Guard. After 15 years in the Air Force, Josh pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a career Fire Chief, and accepted a position in Fredonia in March. Josh has been a volunteer firefighter since 2006, and is the Volunteer Fire Chief of Seneca Hose No. 1, a position he will hold until the end of the year. In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his two sons and his dog, Blaze. Josh doesn't like recognition, but there is truly no one more deserving of it.

Jenelle Esford

Military: Air Force

Jenelle went to Afghanistan while in the Air Force. While she was there she injured her back which has had a long term effect on her life. I am nominating Jenelle because she has been through a lot in the past five years. Having an injury to her back has made it challenging moving forward with her life since she was in the Air Force. She has had two pregnancy which were challenging because of her back injury. Raising two active little boys is challenging when you have back issues. She would give her shirt off her back for even a stranger. I nominate Jenelle because she could really use a car that is reliable for her family.

Leah Davis

First Responder: Registered Nurse

I am nominating my friend because she is a beautiful soul. I have know her since 2002. She is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and has overcome so much in her military career overseas and as a military spouse. She was medically retired from the military but did not let that stop her. She went back to school and got her degree and became a life long dream of becoming a nurse. She did this all while helping support her sister and her children get back on their feet. Her selfless acts are endless.

Terry Grisanti

First Responder: Chautauqua County Fire Police Coordinator

Terry works a full time job plus is the caretaker at the Chautauqua County Firefighters Campground in Stockton for 6 months of the year. He is a member of the East Town of Dunkirk fire department and is also in charge of the Chautauqua County Fire Police team that responds all over the county to direct traffic for emergency situations and for special events. He goes above and beyond to fulfill all of his responsibilities and uses his own personal vehicle for all that he does. He forgoes sleep on occasions when there are late night and all night calls and then still has to go to his regular job during the day. When an emergency happens near the campground that requires a medical helicopter he makes sure a safe and secure landing zone is set up in the field at the grounds and assists with the crew to expedite the injured person aboard to receive speedy medical care as soon as possible. He is very deserving of a new vehicle to keep him available for all his duties.

Cynthia Fortner

Military: Medic

She is a very sweet woman who does her best to make sure everything and everyone is taken care of. She’s super generous and loves to help. She always put others before herself without realizing how great of a woman she is.

Jenelle Esford

Military: United States Air Force

She’s a great friend of mine and she needs a helping hand. She is compassionate and very caring she was there for me when no one else was this is the least I can do for her. She is a disabled veteran with a husband and two small children. the vehicle she has is unsafe for the children and cannot afford to buy a new one. I hope this could be the thank you she deserves for her sacrifice in the military and the help she gives to other vets now that she’s home.

Terry Townsend

Military: Retired Army

He's my dad, been a great guy and needs a blessing to come along.

GLENN NENOFF

First Responder: air force

My dad service 5 years in the Air Force and nearly 30 yrs a police officer. He is everything you would expect form a veteran and a man of honor. He coaches and volunteers and I can't count the number of young people ( ME included0 he has had such a positive effect on . I an so grateful to have had such an amazing role model and dad.

Leah Davis

Military: Air Force

My daughter, Leah, joined the Air Force following the attack on NYC. She served for seven years, separating to assist the family in caring for her maternal grandparents. Being a medic in the Air Force she knew her passion was to care for others. Leah entered Niagara University in their accelerated one year nursing program. Upon completion she was immediately hired at a local hospital. After working at NFMMC she knew she wanted to be with her 'people'. Leah is now employed at Veterans Hospital in Buffalo. Always caring, always helpful, Leah is truly deserving of your consideration.

Nathan L. Curry

Military: Army Sargent

Although it may seem Odd nominating my son, I believe he deserves a break in life after returning from his tour in Afghanistan. Returning home is difficult and adjusting to life post war can be hard. Nathan is also a certified EMT and is try to break into a career in the medical field. A new car could help him in so many ways.

Robert paas

First Responder: Volunteer fireman

This year is Bobs 60th year as an active vol. Fireman for the Scranton Fire Co.town of Hamburg. He's been captain several years, held 1st trustee for many many years, and held many other positions. He oversees everything and makes the company run smoothe. Takes care of the grounds as well. He answers calls endlessly, and puts in hundreds of work hours a year. He is a dedicated fireman, and loves our town.

Matthew Shaw

Military: USMC

Matt is a caring, generous person that always is looking out for his friends and family— constantly putting others first. A Purple Heart recipient that served with pride and carries that same mentality as he continues to serve veterans through his business, providing mobility devices to those in need.

Chad yerkovich

First Responder: emt

Chad joined a volunteer fire company when he was 18 years old, (He is now 53) Through the company he took first responder and EMT training, He is now with Newton Abbot Fire Company, for 20 years. He has received many awards for responding to the most calls for the year. He loves helping people and will go out of his way to give help when needed. He is driving a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer that needs much work - no air conditioning but lots of rust to name a few. (His wife and daughter both have newer vehicles as he always puts other people first.) He could really use a new vehicle to help him get to EMT calls safely.

Kelly Terese Sipolo

Military: Navy Nurse

So proud of my little sister for getting out of Staten Island and going into the Navy. 1000 words could not possibly cover why I am nominating her. It takes a special person to sign on the dotted line and commit to the military. Then to actually request to go on deployments in the war zones. I wish everyone could win. It wonderful that these vets are being honored. Thank you for also acknowledging first responders, they too have been in their own (COVID) war zone since 2020.

Leah Davis

Military: Air Force

Nominating Leah Davis is an easy decision. She is dedicated, caring, no-nonsense kind of nurse. Leah was an Air Force medic and worked in Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Post military, Leah has completed BS in both Healthcare Informatics and Nursing. Leah’s civilian career began working Respiratory during the pandemic. Despite all the challenges and her own battle with COVID-Leah never lost her dedication to the patients. She started at the VA Hospital. We also moved last month. The move added 70 miles roundtrip. Leah is humbled to work with veterans. She feels comfort and joy of reconnection to military service. She won’t complain, but the commute weighs on her mind. Leah is patriotic. She keeps her oath. Her patriotism expressed through military service translated into patient care as a civilian. Leah’s patients are assured optimal care. Recognition for service will make Leah uncomfortable, but arguably even more deserving. Thank you, Basil.

JUDY TONEY

Military: ARMY

JUDY IS VIETNAM VET, WHO I MET A FOUR+ YEARS AGO AND WE BONDED THROUGH CHURCH AND THEN DISCOVERING WE'RE BOTH VETS. SHE'S HEAVILY INVOLVED IN VETERANS' EVENTS AND IS THE ONE I CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON TO KEEP ME POSTED ON THE HAPPENINGS IN THAT WORLD. SHE AND I WERE ABLE TO DEEPEN OUR FRIENDSHIP BOND WHILE ATTENDING AN AMERICAN LEGION EVENT HONORING SOME OF BUFFALO'S FINEST VETERANS--TO INCLUDE SOME WHO EVEN SERVED IN WW2 & WERE ABLE TO HONOR EACH OTHER IN A PINNING CEREMONY. SHE RECENTLY LOST HER SON AND THAT'S BEEN HARD ON HER. SHE'S LEARNING TO COPE WITH THE LOSS & I'M AMAZED BY HER STRENGTH. I LOVE HER PURE HONESTY ABOUT HER LIFE BATTLES AND IS UNAFRAID TO SEEK OUT GRIEF RESOURCES EVEN COMING FROM A WORLD WHERE SOLDIERS WERE TAUGHT TO 'SUCK IT UP AND DRIVE ON' WHEN IT COMES TO EXPRESSING ANY FORM OF PERCEIVED WEAKNESS. SO, IT TAKES STRENGTH TO DO THAT. SHE'S AN GRACIOUS LADY. ALWAYS WITH HER BEST FACE FORWARD. I RESPECT THIS SEASONED SOLDIER. HENCE MY NOMINATION! :-))

William Geary

Military: Marines

My father Bill is a disabled Vietnam veteran, and was stationed in Camp LeJeune, NC. It’s a miracle that he survived the war in Vietnam, hearing only some of the situations he was in. I’m sure there are many stories he will never trouble us with. He continues to suffer from many military related health issues daily. Despite all of these challenges, he is the most positive, generous and good man. He is an amazing father, devoted husband, loyal friend. He lent a hand when he was able (building a community playground, coaching our sports teams). He’s always so supportive and encouraging of family and friends. He is always teaching the important but simple things in life. He is a true gentleman and taught his grandsons young to always hold the door for a lady. He taught us the importance of honesty and strong work ethic. He has a thirst for knowledge and inspires us to never stop learning. you will not find anyone that would disagree what an amazing man he is, and so deserving!

Ann Pellien

Military: Army

My stepsister recently retired from the army reserves after 30 years. She desperately needs a new vehicle,as her current car has over 200000 miles on it and has been failing quickly. She has also been responsible for helping to take care of our parents by taking them to doctor’s appointments, running errands, and helping other family members as well.

Findley Wilson

Military: Army

My grandfather “pa” to me “papa” to his great grandkids have been one of the the most hard working men I know. There nothing that man couldn’t do or wouldn’t for anyone I remember since I was a young girl him being so proud to have gone over seas. From his father to his father father has been apart of the army. My pa will do anything and everything for anyone take his last lil and make it whole. My pa currently morning the lost of his late wife of 53 years and currently has a car that lets just say we pray he makes it to point A to B in. I would do anything in my power to give my pa who has painted the way for everyone to give back to him. I can bet any money if you asked him today to join and do it all over again he would go with the clothes on his back because that’s just who he is !!

Findley Wilson

Military: Army

My father has always been ready and willing to help anyone even if it’s giving up his last buck in his wallet he has shown me to be a hard worker and always try and help others and he just recently lost my mom his wife of 53 years on may 18th 2022 and spent the last couple year taking care of her as she was on dialysis and he lives only on his VA pension and his current vehicle which is a 1998 with no muffler and transmission going and bad oil leak so he has no extra funds to fix the car or afford to get another one and he just deserves to be in a safe car so when he heads out to help someone he can get there safely and he would be so proud to own a new vehicle which he has never owned one in his whole life he has always owned new to him vehicles that always required work or maybe only lasted a year so I belive he is so Deserving of finally receiving something back by himself

Jerry Wilson

Military: Army

Jerry is not only an amazing grandfather but an amazing father and great grandfather! He has always been the glue to our family and has always been the one we call for help. If there is anyone who deserves help with a new vehicle it is him! Even though he recently lost his wife of 50 + years he still does his best to be strong for our family and crack jokes like he always has. We have tried to help him with a new vehicle but his pride is too strong and he doesn’t like to ask for anything.

Jennifer Dominguez

Military: Army

Jenn is a loving and caring person. Often putting others before herself. She is a single mom and she is working full time as an LPN. She has been through some health issues, including and beating thyroid cancer. She and her family could use some reliable transportation to get them all where they need to go.

michael cleveland

Military: Army

I'd like to nominate Mike Cleveland. He is a 21 year army vet. He has completed 4 deployments and chose to retire from the Army at the start of covid so that he could attend college to become a respiratory therapist and serve in a different way.

Irina Pivtchev

Military: Army

I'm nominating myself cause i need a vehicle to get me to medical appts. Dialysis, to go to veterans hospital. Shopping and laundry. I use a taxi now it costs me close to 400 a month which brings me over budget. Ive had to call a ambulance a few times to go to the er at va. It costs me close to 400 which medicare dont pay for. If you could. consider me I would be so grateful. Thank you irina

Michael Maglier

Military: Army, Marine Corps, Firefighter

I’m nominating my dad because he is both a veteran and a retired RFD Firefighter. My dad has dedicated most of his life to helping others whether it be over seas fighting for our country or back in the states saving lives. When 9/11 happened my dad immediately went to ground zero to help with body recovery. The things he experienced from both the military and fire department changed him mentally and physically. After responding to a call he shattered both of his ankles due to a collapsed floor. He had to get both of his ankles reconstructed and due to injury was no longer able to be a Firefighter. He was devastated by this and has struggled with it ever since. The military and firefighting were two things he loved the most. He’s given so much to others and I think he deserves something in return to know that the world is still good to him. I’m nominating my dad because I can’t afford to buy him a new car but I know he’d love it if I did.

Marilyn Young

Military: Army

Marilyn has been dedicated to serving her community for over 30years. After returning home from the gulf war in 1991, she has been a youth leader, formed a nonprofit Women Against Violence Everywhere (wave buffalo inc) to better serve at risk youth and to decrease youth violence in WNY. After seeing that youth needed more than just mentoring programs but mental health evaluations and so much more, she returned to school to receive a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy to help identify Trauma and social emotional needs in childrens lives. She has used her love of rollerskating to collect and giveaway nearly 200 pairs which she hauls around in her personal vehicle. Skates for those youth being indoors during the pandemic. From their created another mentoring program called mentoring on wheels that provides free skates and rollerskating classes but also lifeskills and workshops on understanding their feelings and how to communicate them. She could use a new car as the other is filled

David Zawada

Military: Navy

David Zawada, a Veteran, served in the Navy. And now as a civilian David continues serving Americans at the US Border. Him and his wife are caring for their 3 month old Triplets who have been in and out of the hospital since their early birth. Their oldest child is being monitored for the rest of her life for her serious health condition. And their 2nd & 3rd born have been just as excited as their older sister to welcome home the Triplets. This Family is proud of their accomplishments. A total of 6 Children is a blessing. My nomination is a nomination of encouragement for David’s commitment to his Family and his Country.

Joe Gnojek

First Responder: Navy, Fire fighter

Joe is both a vet (serving on Navy nuclear submarines) and a first responder. He is a current volunteer member of the Spring Brook FD in Elma. Over the years, he has helped the department organize community events and fundraisers to make sure that the people serving on the department have the equipment and support to do their jobs safely. He is under appreciated for everything he does.

Dillon Fulsom

First Responder: EMT, Fireman

Dillon is a volunteer EMT and Fireman with the Angola Fire Dept. He enjoys helping people and spends time away from family to do so. Dillon and his wife Chelsea just had a new baby. This makes 5 children between the Two of them. He needs a new reliable car to get him to his job, and calls and then back home to his family.

Johnathon Huddleston

Military: USMC

He is a all American man, great football player, great father and husband, loves his country. Been deployed 4 times. He will do whatever he can do to help others.

Richard Wrotniak

Military: Army

I would like to nominate my brother Richard Wrotniak who is an Army combat veteran who served on the front lines of Afghanistan with the US Army's 10th mountain division. He joined the Army immediately after graduating high school in 1998 and promptly re-enlisted after the attacks on our country on September 11th 2001, for a total of nearly 7 years of active duty service. He's always been a role model to me and there for me whenever I need him...I would love to see my very deserving brother win!

Joe Gnojek

First Responder: Fire Department

Joe has been working with the fire department for what seems like his entire life. Even when he was working outside of normal hours on 12 hours shifts, he made the time to attend every emergency call that he could. He has helped more people than I can count. He's my greatest role model for how to treat and help others.

Joe Gnojek

First Responder: Fire Department

Joe has been an outstanding member of his community and always going above and beyond to respond promptly to all calls. Joe has served his nation in Navy and served his community for 15+ years.

Joseph Gnojek

First Responder: Fire Department

Joseph is always dropping everything to help someone in need and is constantly educating people on proper safety procedures. Day or night he’s ready to go out on calls. He possesses immaculate composure while dealing with difficult situations and recognizes when someone is uncomfortable in said situations and always steps in to comfort or take the lead.

Joseph Gnojek

First Responder: Volunteer Firefighter

Joe always goes above and beyond. He makes calls at all hours of the day and night. He is always looking for ways to turn the calls they go on into a teaching moment for younger firefighters. He is respectful of any victims involved. He stays calm in the most stressful environments.

Rebekka McClure

First Responder: EMT

She is so hard working, but sadly I feel like EMTs do not get paid enough for what they do. She’s been working so hard to get her car back in working order but with how much she works she never has time for much.. I just feel like she would be so thankful to have a reliable vehicle that she can continue to get to work safely in.

Rebekka McClure

First Responder: EMT

She is so hard working, but sadly I feel like EMTs do not get paid enough for what they do. She’s been working so hard to get her car back in working order but with how much she works she never has time for much.. I just feel like she would be so thankful to have a reliable vehicle that she can continue to get to work safely in.

Rebekka McClure

First Responder: EMT

She is so hard working, but sadly I feel like EMTs do not get paid enough for what they do. She’s been working so hard to get her car back in working order but with how much she works she never has time for much.. I just feel like she would be so thankful to have a reliable vehicle that she can continue to get to work safely in.

Rebekka McClure

First Responder: EMT

She is so hard working, but sadly I feel like EMTs do not get paid enough for what they do. She’s been working so hard to get her car back in working order but with how much she works she never has time for much.. I just feel like she would be so thankful to have a reliable vehicle that she can continue to get to work safely in.

John Asklar

First Responder: Niagara Falls Fire Department Captain

I am nominating Captain John Asklar from the Niagara Falls Fire Department simply because he saved my life…TWICE! Once in 2014, again in 2017. Both times I had cardiac arrest on the ice playing hockey. The first time John administered CPR was a random occurrence. He just happened to be in the NU rink and heard a commotion. He saw me down and out. He went to work on me and brought me back. I I’ll had triple bypass surgery 4 days later. Fast forward to 2017. We are now teammates in a Thursday night hockey league at Hyde Park Arena. I had another cardiac arrest on the bench after my shift. John’s CPR skills brought me back , saving my life a second time. I was in hospital a week, getting a defibrillator. Hopefully I won’t have a third cardiac arrest! So, I think it’s obvious why I’m nominating Mr. John Asklar. He truly is a lifesaver. Respectfully submitted, Harry Lawler Lewiston, NY

Caroline Stoddard

Military: Air Force

Caroline was an aircraft loadmaster on the C130 in the USAF. Here she is transporting members of the 101st airborne the WWII heroes better known as the Band of Brothers. While I admire her time in service I know it has taken a significant toll on her. After four deployments in the Middle East and Afghanistan she continued to travel and give back to the communities she resided. Until, three years ago, when she was in a severe accident involving high intensity electric shock. As a burn survivor and a combat vet her mobility is limited and everyday a struggle. I know a car would be just the thing to help her along her fight to regain her own freedom and independence. Caroline we love you!

Mackenzie Chandler

First Responder: Fireman, paramedic

From a young age Mackenzie has a exuded a heart for serving others. At the age of 17, an awful atv accident landed Mackenzie a stay in the pediatric unit at Strong. While recovering there, a world was revealed to her--a world where she knew she belonged--the nursing feild. As soon as Mackenzie was able, she began her training with Medical Transport Service in Scio, NY. When the world (and Robert's Wesleyan) shut down for COVID, Mackenzie returned to her hometown in rural Allegany County where she continued classes on line, and worked numerous hours transporting COVID patients and helping with testing sites around her county. She currently is starting her 4th year at Robert's Wesleyan as a nursing major while holding a job at Rochester General. She purchased her current vehicle, a very worn out, and now unreliable Jeep Compass, with money she was gifted for graduating high school. She has and is working hard, and a new vehicle would definitely be a huge help to her!

Vincent Certo

First Responder: Firefighter/EMT

Vincent Certo is a volunteer firefighter for the village of Lakewood . He goes above and beyond when it comes to his volunteer work while also doing a full time job .He Was recipient of the hometown hero award . Spends countless hrs responding to ems calls and fires .

Edward Dillenschneider

Military: Army

I’m nominating my husband Edward because he is incredibly selfless and dedicated to his role as a captain in the US Army Reserves. In the summer of 2021, he was sent on his first 10-month long deployment to the Middle East. I’m thrilled to say that he came back home safely in June 2022. Being away from home for that long was tough on him. I recognize the many sacrifices he had to make. Living in a dorm setting, not having the comforts of his own bed or enjoying a home cooked meal. Not being around family for the holidays. Dealing with the challenges of trying to keeping in touch with family at home while also staying focused on his mission. I admire my husband so much for all the sacrifices he made and continues to make while serving our country. Thank you.

Anthony Lucca

First Responder: Police

I'm him and I need a car.

Daniel Chudy

First Responder: Tech II Prince William County Fire VA

My son has loved the fire service since the day he came home from the hospital in a chief truck after his birth. Growing up he would always walk around with a fire hat on, loved getting his hands on a hose to shoot water and loved the bright lights and siren of a fire truck. He grew up at our volunteer station in Bowmansville NY going with his father to every event. He became a junior firefighter then a active firefighter when he was old enough. He attended the University of New Haven in CT - getting a degree in fire science, arson investigation and went on to get his Masters in Emergency Management. He followed his dream to become a firefighter, leaving his family and friends in Buffalo, NY moving to VA. The pride and admiration we have for him dedicating his life to helping others is enormous. His famous words when going on a call are “I have to go help save the community” makes my heart smile. We are so PROUD of this kid!

Robert Szydlowski

Military: Navy

My dad, Robert, is the most selfless person you will ever meet. He left the Navy in 1966 and has worked hard every single day of his entire life to support my mother and myself. We never had alot of money, never took a vacation, then he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2000. He made it through with such a positive attitude and we are so proud of him. He now babysits his 2 grand children aged 13, 11, and 8 EVERYDAY at my house so I can go to work, driving back and forth in the snow, rain, cold, sleet and every condition possible. He cleans my house, helps with the laundry, fixes everything that needs to be fixed and still has a smile everyday. He is loved by his family and there is no one else who deserves this more than him. He is now 78 years old and puts his heart and soul into everything he does everyday.

Delores Staley

Military: Army

I am nominating Delores for her selfless acts of giving, caring and friendship. She is a single mom who served put herself through school and worked hard to accomplish a career.

Bob Toney

Military: Air Force

He so much deserves a new vehicle. The last time he had a new vehicle was in 1990. He never puts himself first. He is the kind of guy that’s helps out everywhere. He has always been proud of his military service and giving to his country. He works long hours at his job as a quality assurance manager, but always finds the time to help. He is a very proud father and grandfather. Spending time with his family is at the top of his list. I hope that you will consider Bob for a much deserved new vehicle.