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The best of both worlds: How one local man is serving WNY in two different ways

Posted at 6:55 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 18:59:25-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On a typical day, you can find William Geary Jr. in Downtown Buffalo, leading Erie County's Public Works Department. Other days, he may be thousands of feet in the air, leading a crew of U.S. Airmen.

"To walk out of this uniform and put on a flight suit tomorrow...it's the best of both worlds is the way I like to look at it," said Geary.

His day job typically means getting complaints about potholes. In the military, Senior Major Sergeant Geary has served in the United States Air Force Reserves for 29 years. He's participating in the "Salute to WNY" flyover as a boom operator on May 12th.

"Everything will be safe, it will be a beautiful display...for the whole community in support from the people cleaning buildings to all the nurses, doctors, business owners for everyone in the community," said Geary.

Geary will make sure the aircraft stays fueled, while waving and showing appreciation from above.

"When we see those heroes in the sky recognizing our heroes on the ground, we're really excited about that," said Chris Lane, President of Buffalo General Medical Center.

Geary hopes to put a smile on people's faces and help them make it through.

"It's been excellent, growing personally, professionally and always being able to give back to our community has always been something that I've cherished," said Geary.