Resolution J1631-2013

Honoring the four officers of the Lockport Police Department for their selfless acts of heroism during a rescue attempt

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  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring the four officers of the Lockport Police
Department for their selfless acts of heroism during a rescue attempt

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend the caring concern and  heroic  acts  of  individuals  who  take
prompt  and  appropriate  action  in emergency situations, nobly risking
their own lives while in the course of performing their job duties; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor the
four officers of the Lockport Police Department for their selfless  acts
of heroism during a rescue attempt; and
  WHEREAS, On Monday, March 18, 2013, Lieutenant Todd Chenez and Officer
Michael  Stover  were  off-duty  training for an upcoming marathon race;
hearing approaching sirens, they  engaged  in  a  high  risk  courageous
rescue of an unconscious victim in a house fire; and
  WHEREAS, Approaching the home, the officers entered and were forced to
retreat  due  to  the  extremely limited visibility along with the thick
black smoke; as they emerged, the spouse of the victim advised them that
her husband may be in the basement; and
  WHEREAS, Both officers again entered the home and despite the  limited
visibility, were able to locate the victim; finding him unconscious, the
officers  made  several  attempts  to  lift  the  victim, but due to the
victim's physical size and the obvious lack of breathable air, they were
unable to move the victim to safety and were  again  forced  to  retreat
from the home; and
  WHEREAS,  Lieutenant Chenez and Officer Stover were ready to enter the
home for a third attempt at a rescue and were joined by  on-duty  Police
Officers  Anthony Pittman and Heather Rohde, who had just arrived at the
scene; the four officers ran into the  smoke-filled  building  and  were
able to lift the unconscious victim to safety; and
  WHEREAS,  The victim was immediately examined by Lockport Fire Depart-
ment Paramedics who determined that he had no pulse and was not  breath-
ing; after a significant effort, paramedics and local hospital emergency
room staff were able to successfully revive the victim; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body, representing the people of this great
State of New York, is proud to recognize  and  commend  Lieutenant  Todd
Chenez  and  Officers  Michael Stover, Anthony Pittman and Heather Rohde
for their professionalism as well  as  their  consummate  bravery  while
performing  their duties, which serves as an inspiration to us all; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  the  four  officers  of  the Lockport Police Department for their
selfless acts of heroism during a rescue attempt; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Lieutenant Todd Chenez and Officers Michael  Stover,  Anthony
Pittman and Heather Rohde.

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