BUFFALO (WKBW) As the Buffalo Police Officer who was nearly killed by a drunk driver back in February continues his road to recovery, the local community is coming together to help out through baseball.
It has been a long four months of recovery so far for Buffalo Police Officer Gary Sengbusch, after a deadly accident that left him in critical condition. Now as his road to recovery continues, Western New Yorkers are raising money by putting on the 'Team Gary Benefit Bash' at the Bisons home game next Thursday.
Mike Buczkowski, the Bison's General Manager, spoke to the media Thursday about the upcoming event.
"When we heard of Gary's situation, and what happened, we wanted to help. I think it's going to turn out to be a wonderful night. I wish we didn't have to have this event, but we're proud to do it, and we're honored to help Gary in any way we can," he said.
The Bisons take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on June 30th, but before and after the game there will be fundraisers for Sengbusch to help pay for his significant medical bills as he continues to recover. There will be a 50-50 raffle, and raffles for a flatscreen television autographed by Jay Leno, jerseys signed by Derek Jeter and Carl Yastrzemski, a Ryan Miller goalie stick, and many other prizes. Sengbusch himself will throw out the first pitch at the game
"This ballpark is all about community and family. And to be able to honor Gary and to help him at a place that means so much to Western New York, for a guy who pledged his life to keeping our community safe, is just a wonderful thing," Buczkowski said.
Sengbusch was injured in late February when a drunk driver ran a red light and hit his car as he was traveling home from his second job.
Also as part of the event, Liberty Cab will be giving free cab rides home as a way to combat drunk driving and spread the message to others to make sure incidents like the one that nearly killed Sengbusch can be avoided.