This year's County Convention was held on June 1, 2019 at Matthew Glab Post #1477, Lackawanna, New York
- Commander Thomas O'Connell from Niagara Frontier Post #1041
- Vice Commander Gerald Wald from East Aurora Post #362
- Vice Commander Paul Wackowski from David McKeever Post #64
- Vice Commander Fred Pask from L. L. Tillman Post #900
- Finance Officer Joseph Porempski from Kensington Post #708
- Sergeant-at-Arms Joseph Cash from Orchard Park Post #567
Legionnaire of the Year
Wayne Baumgartner from Milton J. Brounshidle Post #205
Law and Order Awards:
Officer Michael Lewandowski, nominated by Milton J. Brounshidle Post #205
Officer Lewandowski is a lifelong resident of the Town of Tonawanda. He is also a decorated and honorably discharged United States Marine Corps veteran, having served in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officer Lewandowski has been actively serving the Town of Tonawanda community as a law enforcement officer since August 4, 2011. In that time, he has received numerous letters of recommendation and commendation for his exemplary service.
A special example of Officer Lewandowski's departmental recognition is his advocacy for our department's veterans. Shortly after he was hired in 2011, he created a 2,000-hour military veterans police officer trainee training curriculum that was accepted by the Department of Veterans Affairs for GI Bill benefits. This program has allowed our numerous military veterans to receive their deservedly-earned GI Bill benefits. He has continuously administered the task of maintaining the program by documenting and submitting paperwork for each military veteran police-trainee to the Department of Veterans Affairs. A subsequent compliance survey conducted by VA officials found this department to be in outstanding compliance. Additionally, Officer Lewandowski assisted the Village of Kenmore P.D. and City of Tonawanda P.D., establish their GI Bill programs for police trainees.
Most recently, Office Lewandowski received a departmental commendation (our second highest award) for his actions on November 16, 2018 for the arrest of an armed and dangerous felon. In this case, he responded to aid a female victim of domestic violence. After locating the male offender, Officer Lewandowski, through his training and experience, astutely observed signs that the male offender was armed. After a foot pursuit and apprehension of the offender, Officer Lewandowski recovered a loaded 9mm handgun, 7.6 ounces of marihuana, and 2.44 ounces of cocaine that was in the offender's possession. The offender was subsequently charged in U.S. Federal Court, Western District of New York, with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of narcotics trafficking.
Milton J. Brounshidle Post #205 received an award for achieving more than 100% of its membership goal.