Resolution J3175-2013

Paying tribute to Matthew Faulkner upon the occasion of his outstanding and remarkable recovery from a serious brain injury

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  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 31, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION paying tribute to Matthew Faulkner upon the occa-
sion  of  his  outstanding  and remarkable recovery from a serious brain
injury

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to  the
dedication  and  lives  of  those esteemed individuals who distinguished
themselves through a remarkable life journey; and
  WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals of remarkable courage and strength of  charac-
ter who have succeeded in overcoming tragic circumstances; and
  WHEREAS, It is also the custom of this Legislative Body to acknowledge
outstanding  individuals  whose  lives  serve as an inspiration to their
family and friends, and to the community as a whole; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to pay trib-
ute to Matthew Faulkner upon the occasion of his outstanding and remark-
able recovery from a serious brain injury; and
  WHEREAS, In March 2009, Matthew Faulkner, a senior at West Seneca West
High School, was involved in a serious automobile accident; he  suffered
brain  swelling  and  bleeding  and  remained  in  a coma for nearly two
months; and
  WHEREAS, After 42 days in a coma, Matthew Faulkner awoke  on  Mother's
Day and was able to wish his mother, "Happy Mother's Day"; and
  WHEREAS, After 103 days in the hospital and rigorous physical therapy,
Matthew  walked  out  of the hospital twelve days before his high school
graduation; he walked on the stage with  his  classmates  and  graduated
from West Seneca West High School as an honors student, president of the
National Honor Society, and editor-in-chief of the yearbook; and
  WHEREAS,  Matthew  Faulkner  went  on  to attend Canisius College, and
studied Economics and Finance; he graduated from Canisius College in May
2013 after three years of study with a bachelor's  degree  in  Economics
and Finance; and
  WHEREAS,  During  his  college career, Matthew Faulkner was hired as a
part-time employee, market analyst, with BidURenergy in Cheektowaga, New
York; he is currently employed at BidURenergy on a full-time basis; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, Matthew Faulkner proclaims himself "totally  self-
care  and  independent";  he  plans to write a book about his experience
after waking up from the coma entitled SECOND LIFE; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of his outstanding  and  remark-
able  recovery  from  a serious brain injury, Matthew Faulkner has stood
constant in dignity, good grace and humor, and has  earned  the  respect
and admiration of his colleagues, family and friends; and
  WHEREAS,  Rare indeed is the impressive courage, dedication and perse-
verance shown by an individual  which  Matthew  Faulkner  has  displayed
throughout his life; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals whose lives  and  accomplishments  of  remarkable  achievement  are
brought  to  our  attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by
all the citizens of the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute to Matthew Faulkner upon the occasion  of  his  outstanding  and
remarkable recovery from a serious brain injury; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Matthew Faulkner.

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