March 08, 2016
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The program dates are 3/14/16 through 4/2/16 ONLY.
Thomas Cannuli of Wheatfield Is This Week’s WNY Hometown Hero
March 07, 2016 Thomas signed for the army in 2007 to be an avenger missile system repair tech. He was deployed to Iraq from 2010-11. Unfortunately while he was in Iraq, he lost a brother who was also deployed to Afghanistan at the same time (SPC. Alan Dikcis).
He then switched to army reserve in 2012 and was assigned to the Niagara falls air reserve base. He is still there today.
Gunnery Sgt. Dave Celej Is This Week’s Hometown Hero
February 29, 2016 Dave Celej graduated Lancaster High School in June 1992. He reported to Marine Corps Recruit Training, Parris Island on Aug. 11 1992 and proceeded to Marine Corps Communications School in 29 Palms CA. Upon completion, Lance Corporal Celej was assigned to India Battery 3rd BN, 10thMarine Regiment, MCB Camp Lejeune as a Field Radio Operator. From 1993 through 1997, he served as a radio operator, forward observer, radio chief, and battery communications chief. He deployed twice, serving with 3rd BN 12th Marine Regiment in Okinawa Japan, as well as the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard ship in the Mediterranean Sea. Sgt. Celej participated in operations in Bosnia and Albania.
February 22, 2016 This Week’s Hometown Hero is 25 year old Sgt. Zachary Knorr!
Zachary graduated from Hamburg High School with the class of 2009 and joined the army the following January.
He married his wife Jillian on November 23, 2010 and then left for his first duty station a month later. He was stationed there in South Korea for a year until December 2011 when he returned to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina.
February 03, 2016 Before Christmas we had our Elf Day and talked a lot about giving. We also chatted with the kids and mentioned that once the holiday hustle and bustle calms down we would like to do something kind for our Community. We have decided to once again team up with WNY Heroes, Inc. For Valentine’s Day we are writing letters and drawing pictures for our local veterans, but we still wanted to do a little more. Hence, Socks for Soldiers. This is something new and different but we want to give it a try! The socks will be distributed to local Vets in need as well as at the VA Hospital right here in WNY.
SFC John Beyer Is This Week’s Hometown Hero Of The Week!
January 29, 2016 “SFC John F. Beyer serves his country as a hometown hero both as a member of our Armed Forces and as a member of our local police force. SFC Beyer attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA in 1999. Following Basic Training, SFC Beyer served two years at Ft. Drum, NY as a Fueler. He was then assigned to Soul, Korea (K-16) as a member of the Honor Guard. Next, SFC Beyer spent 22 months as a member of the Tango Security Forces. SFC Beyer then received an Honorable discharge from active duty. SFC Beyer served a brief enlistment in the Aviation field of the Texas National Guard before moving back to WNY.
Upon returning to WNY, SFC Beyer served as a member of the 152nd ENGS in the NY National Guard. He then switched to the USAR, serving as a member of the 277th Fueling Unit on the Niagara Falls Air Base. On October 30, 2005, SFC Beyer was deployed to Boca, Iraq where he worked convoy operations between Ali Al Salem Air Base in Airfjan, Kuwait and Boca, Iraq. SFC Beyer was deployed until November 2006. SFC Beyer currently serves as a member of the 1/390 Engineer Battalion as a Combat Engineer Senior Drill Sergeant. SFC travels to Fort Leonard Wood in the summers to augment the active component as they negotiate the summer surge.
Following his return from Iraq in 2006, SFC Beyer started working as a Police Officer, first with the DOD Police on the Niagara Falls Air Base and then with the US Customs and Border Protection. In 2008, SFC Beyer became a Patrol Officer with the Buffalo Police.
SFC Beyer resides in WNY with his wife Amber Beyer, who is also is a Buffalo Police Officer and fellow combat Veteran. Amber was deployed with the 408th PSD to Al Asad, Iraq from 2005-2006 as a Causality Liaison. John and Amber Beyer were married in May 2007 and have two beautiful daughters – Mariah (4) And Bailey (3).
Thanks goes out once again for another WNY soldier who has fought to keep our country free. We are honored to name Sergeant First Class John Beyer our Hometown Hero of the week.
Remember, if you would like to nominate someone who is currently serving our country or has served in the past, simply click the button below. We will honor a new Hometown Hero who is from WNY and is fighting or has fought for our country each week.
Thank you once again to Sergeant First Class John Beyer, this week’s Hometown Hero!
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