We were amazed by the story of the State trooper who used CPR to revive a toddler who had fallen into an inground swimming pool in the Town of Boston Tuesday night. Luckily Trooper Christopher Sullivan was a short distance away and was able to get there quickly. He was able to revive the little girl and moments later the Boston Emergency Squad was able to take over. We called Trooper Sullivan a hero and for that matter so are the members of the Boston Rescue Squad.

Each year a local organization recognizes Western New York heroes and I’m sure Trooper Sullivan will be one of the honorees next year. For 55 years, the 100 Club of Buffalo has been dedicated to providing cash assistance to families of police officers killed in the line of duty. They also provide scholarships and other aid to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel across Western New York.

Back in February, the 100 Club honored a Buffalo police officer, a Buffalo firefighter, an Erie County sheriff’s deputy and two Niagara County sheriff’s deputies and a Transit Police officer for heroic acts last year.

The 100 Club also has a Civilian Hero award and this year, Doctor Darren Caparaso of Elma was honored for his heroism at the scene of a terrible accident on Southwestern Blvd. in West Seneca. The doctor pulled a baby from a car that flipped into a ditch and the gas tank was on fire.

There was another hero at that accident scene – the driver of a pick-up truck who used a tire iron to smash open the window of the car and then used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. He then just disappeared. Doctor Caparaso calls that other man an angel who was helping both him and the young victim at that accident scene.

To submit the name of a hero for consideration or to learn more about the 100 Club check their website.