WILLIAMSVILLE—Erie Community College officials unveiled a memorial plaque and details of a scholarship fund established in memory of former student and campus public safety officer Frederick Garrasi at a ceremony on Thursday, July 11th inside ECC’s North Campus Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Garrasi—a beloved 2010 ECC grad who split time between City Campus security duty and work as a Town of Evans police officer—died in a traffic accident last May. The Frederick Garrasi III Memorial Scholarship Fund will honor the ECC alum’s memory and dedicated service to the college; provide two $500 scholarships per year; and will be awarded to future Law Enforcement Training Academy pre-employment students who enroll in the college’s certificate program.
“This established fund will pay proper tribute to Mr. Garrasi and his family,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “He was taken from us far too soon, but memory of his service will live on through this tribute. He truly represented the best of our college.
As an ECC student, Garrasi maintained a 3.25 GPA and was also a member of the college’s track team. Before serving on his Town of Evans police force, he also served the town as a lifeguard and Eagle Scout. Memory of this involvement can now be recalled through a plaque and portrait of Garrasi, unveiled during the morning’s ceremony and mounted in memoriam inside the college’s Bretschger Hall-located academy. According to Jack McDonnell, ECC’s associate vice president of College Safety and Security, the plaque will introduce incoming students and security employees of the standard set by Garrasi.
“It was an honor to have had Fred as a student and an employee at ECC,” said McDonnell. “This memorial and scholarship fund will serve as a reminder to all future LETA pre-employee candidates of what kind of a model student and campus public safety officer Mr. Garrasi was.”
For donor interest or further details about the Frederick Garrasi III Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit the ECC Foundation at www.ecc.edu/alumnifoundation/foundation, or call (716) 851-1990.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership