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100 Club of Buffalo holds annual Hero Awards

Posted at 3:52 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 08:23:23-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Friday, the 100 Club of Buffalo held their annual "Hero Awards". Among the recipients were Jack Harzynski who saved Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph from a knife wielding attacker.

"This is all a very humbling and honoring experience for me" Harzynski said.

The 100 Club of Buffalo is a non-profit with the main purpose of providing services to first responders and their families when tragedy strikes. Something they have been doing since 1957.

"We're there in the worst case when we lose a first responder in the line of duty" President Peter Casilio said.

When Officer Craig Lehner died in 2017 during a diving exercise, the 100 Club of Buffalo was there.

"A check was written within hours," Casilio said, "and given to Buffalo PD to give to Mrs. Lehner so she could fly her family out for the funeral."

The 150 member 100 Club of Buffalo has collected and distributed more than $3.7 million as of 2018.

The 100 Club also provides Scholarships of Excellence of up to $2,000 to high school seniors and full time college students who are the children of, or are themselves active law enforcement, fire or emergency service providers who plan to continue their education at a college level.

For anyone interested in joining the 100 Club of Buffalo, visit their website at 100clubbuffalo.org.