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Sheriff's Deputies recognized for exceptional valor

Posted at 1:53 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 13:53:54-04

SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW)  — Two Erie County Sheriff's Deputies have been awarded the Governor’s Certificate of Exceptional Valor. It follows their actions after a man entered a Springville store armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

It was back on August 5, 2018 when Deputies John Dunn and Shane Miller were called to the Country Fair convenient store and gas station for reports of an armed man in the store.
When the man, identified as Nicholas Krencik, left the store, he was confronted by the Deputies. According to the Sheriff's Office, the man was ordered repeatedly to drop his weapon but refused and kept advancing towards the Deputies. The Deputies then fired their service pistols hitting Krencik in the chest, no one else was injured.

In April of 2019, Krencik pleaded guilty to two counts of menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon.

“I am proud of the men and women who serve under my command, and the actions of Deputies Dunn and Miller during this tense and stressful incident deserve recognition and commendation,” said Sheriff Howard. “These Deputies personify the dedication and professionalism of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and demonstrate law enforcement officer’s dedication to preserving the public’s safety by going toward danger to protect innocent citizens.”