This year's County Convention was held on June 2, 2018 at Iroquois Post #1586, Irving, New York
- Commander Anthony Solina from Thomas E. Tehan Post #1449
- Vice Commander Thomas O'Connell from Niagara Frontier Post #1041
- Vice Commander George Barton from David McKeever Post #64
- Vice Commander Gerald Wald from East Aurora Post #362
- Finance Officer Joseph Porempski from Kensington Post #708
- Sergeant-at-Arms Joseph Cash from Orchard Park Post #567
Law and Order Awards:
Officer Mark Muscoreil, nominated by Mitlon J. Brounshidle Post #205
On the evening of October 23, 2017 Office Muscoreil responded to a house fire at 22 Glenside Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda and found the residence engulfed in flames. Without any fire safety gear, Office Muscoreil used his SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) training to gain entry to the home. Due to heavy smoke, he was unable to make it upstairs to rescue a woman on the second floor. He remained inside the burning building and directed Brighton Fire Chief Any Hallman, who was equipped with the proper breathing apparatus, to her location. Officer Muscoreil's action also directly allowed another fire rescue team to locate an elderly resident that was trapped in another room. That resident, an 80-year old veteran combat pilot, was seriously injured but was removed alive and transported to the hospital. Officer Muscoreil's selfless actions directly assisted with the saving of two lives that day. He is very active in the community and each year takes a week of his own vacation to volunteer coach at the Jim Kelly Football Camp.
Firefighters Nick Kasprzak and Brian Murphy from the Lackawanna Fire Co., nominated by Matthew Glab Post #1477
On April 22, 2017 at 3:23 in the morning there was a call for a fire at 97 Ingham Avenue, a four-unit apartment building. Engine 1 arrived on the scene at 3:25 am and found four residents on the front porch roof exiting from a window in the second floor apartment.Engine 1's crew put up a 24-foot ladder and assisted these people down from the roof. Engine 3, which Nick Kasprzak was on, laid a 5-inch supply line to a hydrant for a water supply and laid out an attack hose to combat the fire. A father and 6-year old daughter jumped from the second floor window onto the driveway and stated that his wife and son were still in the second floor apartment. The fire was in a common stairwell leading to the second floor apartments. This stairwell was the only only exit for the two top floor apartments thus trapping any occupants in the apartments where the fire had extended into. A hose line was brought to bear on the fire and the crew made their way up to the second floor apartments. Ladder 6, which Brian Murphy was on, had arrived at this time and started search and rescue operations once the hose line was able to make it to the apartment. Using a thermal imaging camera, due to the heavy smoke, the mother was found in the living room area and was carried out by Firefighter Brian Murphy. Another sweep of the thermal imaging camera found the three-year old son and he was carried out by Firefighter Nick Kasprzak. This was a joint effort by the two firefighters. Both victims were treated at the scene for severe burns and smoke inhalation and taken to the local hospital along with the other victims. I am pleased to report that all survived.
Milton J. Brounshidle Post #205 received an award as the largest post attaining 100% of its membership goal.