Resolution J3509-2013

Honoring Police Chief John J. Swick and Deputy Shannon Rodgers in recognition of their heroic actions in rescuing two women and four children from an apartment fire

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  • Feb 27, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 27, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 10, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Police Chief John J. Swick and Sheriff's
Deputy  Shannon Rodgers in recognition of their heroic actions in rescu-
ing two women and four children from an apartment fire

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,  remaining  calm
under pressure, in an effort to preserve the life of another; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Police Chief
John J. Swick of the Middleport Police Department, and  Shannon  Rodgers
of  the  Niagara County Sheriff's Office, in recognition of their heroic
actions in rescuing two women and four children from an  apartment  fire
on Wednesday, January 8, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, After receiving an emergency call reporting a fire that morn-
ing,  Police  Chief  Swick  and Deputy Rodgers rushed to be first on the
scene; upon arrival at the flame-engulfed two-story apartment  building,
they  were  informed that there was still a family trapped on the second
floor; and
  WHEREAS, Reacting swiftly, the two officers used their astute judgment
and gained access to a rear window; all four  endangered  children  were
lowered  down to Police Chief Swick and Deputy Rodgers, and the last two
remaining adults climbed down a ladder, also to safety; and
  WHEREAS, Thanks to the selfless efforts of Police Chief John J.  Swick
and  Sheriff's  Deputy  Rodgers,  all  residents  of  the  building were
successfully rescued; and
  WHEREAS, Police Chief John J. Swick and Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Rodg-
ers should both be meritoriously  commended  for  remaining  calm  under
pressure and for showing valor and true courage while performing a life-
saving deed; and
  WHEREAS,  Through  these courageous acts, these two heroic individuals
demonstrated their character and compassion for the welfare  of  others,
personifying  the  collective  concern  of  ordinary citizens across the
community of New York State who voluntarily respond without the  thought
of  danger or reward when others are in need of help; now, therefore, be
it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Police Chief John J. Swick and Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Rodgers in
recognition of their heroic actions in rescuing two women and four chil-
dren from an apartment fire; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Police Chief John J. Swick of the Middleport Police Depart-
ment, and Deputy Shannon Rodgers of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

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