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Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation Announces 2017 Awardees


The Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation has announced the 2017 Recipients of their Community Service Awards, which honors distinguished individuals for dedicated service and outstanding contributions to law enforcement. The awards will be presented on Thursday, May 18th at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on Transit Road in Depew, starting at 6:00pm. The annual event is hosted and sponsored by the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, which is also celebrating their 30th year of establishment at this event.

The following individuals will be honored at this year’s event:

Rosanne Johnson, Esq. – Erie County District Attorney’s Office. Ms Johnson is being recognized for her work as the Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and success in prosecuting sexual assault cases.

Acting Port Director, Cary Frieling – US Border and Protection. APD, Frieling is being honored for over 30 years of service, and leadership in nation wide processes and employee development.

Sergeant Robert Cathcart – Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Cathcart is being honored for his steadfast dedication to the 30-year dedication to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Jail Management Division, and exemplary community service throughout Western New York.

Detective Kenneth Morano – West Seneca Police Department. Detective Morano is being honored for his work with the Department’s DARE program, and work as a Detective fighting white collar crimes.

Lieutenant Thomas Whelan – Buffalo Police Department. Lt. Whelan is a member of the Buffalo Police Department Strike Force Task, and is commander of the Emergency Response Team. He is being awarded for his over 30 years of service, as well as for his service as a Marine Corps Veteran.

Richard Kaufman, Esq. – United States Attorney’s Office. Mr Kaufman is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, being honored for his leadership with the the federal asset forfeiture program, which has grown steadily as a law enforcement tool within the office and throughout the district.

Chief Ernie Masullo, Retired – Evans Police Department. Retired Chief Masullo has served in law enforcement for over 45-years. He was responsible for equipping the department with AED’s, making them one of the first departments in Western New York to have AED’s in all police cars. He also helped his agency become accredited, while securing over a million dollars in grants for upgraded equipment, a state-of-the-art communications center, and a partnership with the US Border Security.

Gina Doyle - Erie County Probation. Ms. Doyle has been a probation officer with Erie County Probation since 2003. She specializes in DWI cases, and those classified as Greatest Risk offenders. Ms. Doyle is being awarded for finding two individuals that were responsible for a crime, which originally had the wrong individuals convicted.

Sr. Investigator Richard Qualey – New York State Police. Sr. investigator Qualey is being honored over 25 years of service. He has served as a member of the New York State Police’s elite Mobile Response Team, and while on this team, received the highest level of tactical training. Through this, he assisted in several extremely high risk arrests under warrant operations.

Lieutenant John Ford – NFTA Transit Police Department. Lt. Ford has been with the NFTA Transit Police Department since 2002. Ford is the department’s lead firearms instructor, and recently instituted a program that provides officers with increased range time and individualized firearms instructions to increase their firearms proficiency.

Mr. Russell Salvatore – Community Service Award. After accomplishing a life-long goal of creating a world-class steakhouse, Mr. Salvatore found himself humbled from the support of the WNY community he has received throughout his 65 years in business. In 2014, he began a mission to show his appreciation by giving back his entire life’s work to the city he loves. From supplying most of WNY hospitals with free television services, to rebuilding the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club after a devastating fire, a new Orthopedic center at ECMC and Brothers of Mercy, and his most recent gift of one million dollars to the ECMC capital fund, Russ is truly a man of his word.

The Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit corporation that assists federal, state, and local law enforcement and investigative agencies by providing grants for special equipment and technical training, which may not be funded through their budgets.


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