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Fallen Heroes Memorial Park

  • Fallen Heroes Memorial Park

    This park is dedicated to the first responders of Western New York veterans from all United States military branches, police officers, firefighters and emergency service workers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve this community and country.

    ECC Alumni Who Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Military Service Since 9/11
    Brian K. Baker, U.S. Army, Springville David L. Roustum, U.S. Army, West Seneca
    Charles E. Bush, U.S. Army, Buffalo Michael L. Williams, U.S. Army, Buffalo
    Robert V. Derenda, U.S. Army, Cheektowaga Brett C. Gorniewicz, U.S. Army, Alden
    Christopher W. Dill, U.S. Army, Tonawanda Peter C. Tycz, U.S. Army, Tonawanda
    Steven C. Ganczewski, U.S. Army, Niagara Falls Blake D. Whipple, U.S. Army, Williamsville
    Cari Anne Gasiewicz, U.S. Army, Depew William R. Wilson, U.S. Army, Williamsville
    Travis C. Krege, U.S. Army, Cheektowaga Mark A. Spence, U.S. Air Force, Clarence
    Jeffrey LeBrun, U.S. Army, Buffalo Christopher K. Heinz, U.S. Army, Newfane
    Jacob M. Pfister, U.S. Army, Buffalo  
    ECC Alumni Who Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice as Firefighters
    Volunteer Firefighter Timothy M. Goff
    Kenmore Fire Department
    End of Watch: May 24, 1997
    Lieutenant William P. Lewis
    Buffalo Fire Department
    End of Watch: June 30, 2005
    Volunteer Firefighter Jarrett T. Eleam
    Big Tree Fire Department
    End of Watch: January 12, 2011
    Lieutenant Charles (Chip) W. McCarthy
    Buffalo Fire Department
    End of Watch: August 24, 2009
    Firefighter Christopher W. Dill
    Buffalo Fire Department
    End of Watch: April 4, 2005
    Firefighter Jonathon S. Croom
    Buffalo Fire Department
    End of Watch: August 24, 2009
    Law Enforcement Training Academy Lost in the Line of Duty
    Police Officer Robert A. Burgess
    Cheektowaga Police Department
    End of Watch: July 1, 1977
    Police Officer Charles “Skip” McDougald
    Buffalo Police Department
    End of Watch: April 9, 1997
    Police Officer David J. Tolsma
    Cheektowaga Police Department
    End of Watch: October 20, 1977
    Police Officer Robert J. McLellan
    Buffalo Police Department
    End of Watch: February 25, 1998
    Deputy William R. Dils
    Erie County Sheriff’s Office
    End of Watch: November 5, 1977
    Detective Wasyl Potienko
    Cheektowaga Police Department
    End of Watch: October 29, 2002
    Deputy Robert S. Insalaco
    Erie County Sheriff’s Office
    End of Watch: August 13, 1987
    Police Officer James A. Shields
    Buffalo Police Department
    End of Watch: October 30, 2002
    Deputy William M. Dillemuth
    Erie County Sheriff’s Office
    End of Watch: October 20, 1989
    Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. (ECC alumnus)
    New York State Police
    End of Watch: March 26, 2011
    Lieutenant Joseph F. Adamy
    Amherst Police Department
    End of Watch: January 27, 1990
    Police Officer Patricia Parete
    Buffalo Police Department
    End of Watch: February 2, 2013
  • Need Help?

    Veterans Affairs

    City Campus
    Room 337
    121 Ellicott Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    P: (716) 851-1124
    North Campus
    Room G209
    6205 Main Street
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    P: (716) 851-1532
    South Campus
    Room 5207
    4041 Southwestern Blvd.
    Orchard Park, NY 14127
    P: (716) 851-1654
  • Memorial Park Contributors

    Erie Community College would like to thank the companies and organizations who donated their materials, time and talent to make this park an important structure to be appreciated by the students and staff of Erie Community College and the community at-large for years to come.

    Campobello Construction
    23 Stratford Road, Buffalo, NY 14216
    *Special thanks to Angelo and Sal Campobello for being on sight since August with design consultation.

    Lovejoy Metals, Inc.
    40 Dingens Street, Buffalo, NY 14206
    *Special thanks to Dave Zaharoczmski for the donations of metal for artwork signs and other metal materials.

    Occhino Paving Corporation
    2650 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY 14224
    *Special thanks to Anthony Occhino for the donations of labor trucking services and 3,000 square feet of sod. This company has donated to ECC’s City Campus Fireman’s Park in the past.

    Lakeside Sod Supply Company, Inc.
    6660 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center, NY 14032
    *Special thanks to Sales Consultant Mike Loberg and this company for the donation of more than 4000 square feet of sod.

    Erie Community College – South Campus Architecture Technology Department
    *Special thanks to Instructor James Ruggiero and the students of the Architecture Technology Department. The students devised and submitted artists renditions on which became the springboard for the final design of the park.

  • In the News


  • Remember Them

    By Jeff Hooker

    Lying here beneath this ground
    Never again to make a sound
    When alive, they were so brave
    And carried honor into the grave
    They were all the best of men
    Courage earned by all of them
    Medals pinned upon their chest
    At last the peace, of final rest
    In the ranks they stood so strong
    Voices raised in battle songs
    Marching forward defying fear
    For the land they loved so dear
    On that final Judgment Day
    When they all stand up to say
    We gave up all we owned you see
    At duties call to set men free
    So when the flag waves in the wind
    If but a moment, Remember Them
    For they all paid the final cost
    So freedoms truth, would not be lost