Honoring Buffalo's Heroes

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - An organization helping at-risk children honored Buffalo heroes last week.

"Every Person Influences Children," or EPIC honored local community members and organizations for their work with kids.

EPIC was founded by Robert Wilson after his wife was murdered by a 15-year-old neighbor. The boy was a foster child his wife befriended.

EPIC creates programs based in Western New York, but it's methods are now used and replicated at organizations across New York and throughout 16 other states.