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Community members gather as Gov. Hochul and local officials recognize blizzard heroes in a special way

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Posted at 12:47 AM, Jan 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-23 10:41:24-05

BUFFLO N.Y. (WKBW) — It has been nearly a month since the Christmas blizzard that brought Buffalo and Erie County to its knees. The historic storm claimed 46 lives, but more may have died if not for the heroic actions of local first responders and everyday people.

"Come in the house right away," Andrea and Alex Campagna said to their unexpected guest who stayed at their home during the worst snowstorm Western New York has ever seen.

To their surprise, the guests were not from the Queen City.

"Our unexpected guests were all from Korea," Alex said.

The Campagnas said they of course wanted to get their guests out of the storm but the most special part was sharing a meal with them as their pantry surprisingly had a lot of staple ingredients used in many Korean dishes.

"Their eyes lit up and they knew they were in a welcoming comfortable home," Alex said.

These two home heroes were honored among many other community members who helped save lives in the blizzard. At Buffalo State University Mayor Byron Brown, County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Governor Kathy Hochul shook hands and presented each Buffalo blizzard hero with a medal to never forget their efforts.

"Cause of your efforts there are more of God's children still with us today," Hochul said.

Andrea said being recognized is a huge honor.

"To be amongst all these amazing people who work tirelessly during the blizzard is just such an amazing honor it brings tears to my eyes," Andrea said.

With hundreds of people saved in a life-changing blizzard, Campagna tells me emotions were high and the thought of Buffalo being the city of good neighbors will never escape their minds.

"Touched our hearts and it demonstrates how we're all in this together," Alex said.