Officer Anthony Douglas
N.Y. (WIVB) - Officer Anthony Douglas, a 29-year
veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, passed away
on Christmas night at ECMC. The father of two was
off-duty when his vehicle crashed earlier this month.
as a kind man, and the first to help when someone was
in need, 57-year-old Officer Anthony Douglas died at
ECMC on Christmas about
a week after an off-duty car crash.
daughter says he was a strong man.
Douglas said, "He was a great dad. He always took
care of his family, always protected us."
brothers in blue now stand in solidarity after
Douglas' passing Sunday night. Father Joseph Moreno, a
friend of Tony's who often led him and his fellow
officers in prayer, said, "It's a very sad day
for the police family in western New York."
Father Moreno says the veteran officer always felt
lucky and blessed to be part of the department.
we lose a loved one, it's very difficult for everyone
involved, especially in emergency services. Because
when we lose a police officer or firefighter, whether
it's on duty or off duty, everyone is connected,
everyone is related, you know there's a clsoe family
bond there," explained Father Moreno.
will be held Thursday, December 29th from 2-4pm for
friends and family will be present from 7-9pm at the
Amigone Funeral Home on Delaware and West Ferry in
services will be held at True Bethal Baptist Church at
10am Friday, December 30th on E. Ferry. The funeral
service will follow at 11am.
||Detective Sergeant James E. Hunter
into rest November 25, 2011. Relatives and friends may
visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel),
885 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Eggert/Sheridan Dr.,
Thursday 11 AM-1 PM for a gathering in James' memory.
Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Hunter served in
the US Navy and was a retired Buffalo Police Detective
Sergeant . Online condolences may be made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com
||William J. Rieman Jr. November 17, 2011
Beloved husband of Kathleen (Salcedo) Rieman; dear
father of Courtney E. and Colin W. Rieman; the son of
the late William J. Rieman, Sr. and Nancy (Ransford)
Rieman-Fay; brother of Kathleen (David) Burroughs,
Maureen Brinkworth, Thomas (Amandah) Rieman, Colleen
(Edward) Warren. Friends may call Saturday, 6-9 PM and
Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at JAMES W. CANNAN FUNERAL HOME,
INC (Southtowns Chapel), 3155 Orchard Park Rd. A Mass
of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 AM at St.
Gabriel's Church (please assemble at church.)
Donations may be sent to the Madison McCarthy Cardiac
Care Coalition for Children, P.O. Box 485 Derby, NY
14047. Billy retired from the Buffalo Police
||Detective Richard F. Cotter
- Richard F. October 20, 2011, beloved husband of
Kathleen (O'Donnell) Cotter; loving father of Margaret
Mary Hummel, Kathleen Ferrick-Davidson, Richard F. Jr.
(Donna), Colleen Ann, Brian (Dayle), and Edward
(Kathleen) Cotter; grandfather of Cully Ferrick, John,
Luke Davidson, Christina, Richard III, Meredith,
Taylor Cotter, and the late Catherine Hummel and
Dustin Ferrick; great-grandfather of Grady, Jordan and
Clare; brother of the late Edward M., Agnes C.
McKenzie, Rita Hoefner, John, Helen Curry and Thomas
"Tucker" Cotter; brother-in-law of Mary Jane
Cotter, Thomas (Nancy) O'Donnell and Eugene (late
Theresa) Luthringer; survived by many dear nieces and
nephews; special friend of Thomas F. Higgins and the
late Howie Gunther. Funeral from the CHAS. F. MCMAHON
982 Abbott Rd. Monday at 9 AM followed by a Mass of
Christian Burial at St. Martin of Tours RC Church at
9:30. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 4-8 PM.
Memorials may be made to the Edward M. Cotter Fire
Boat Restoration Fund.
Lieutenant John Zloty
- John October 14, 2011. Beloved husband of the late Charlotte
(nee Powell); devoted father of Harriet (Alvin) Pustulka, John
M. (Sally), Richard (Janice) and Robert (Stacey) Zloty;
father-in-law of Anne Zloty; loving grandfather of 14 and
great grandfather of 13; survived by sisters Marie Kuzniarek,
Anna Bos and Carolyn Nadonly. Family will be present to
receive friends Saturday 7-9 and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the
PIETSZAK FUNERAL HOME, 2400 William Street (near Harlem) where
services will be held Monday at 10 AM and at St. David's
Episcopal Church (3951 Seneca St., West Seneca, NY) at 11 AM.
Memorials may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church Capital
Fund or Hospice Buffalo, Inc. 225 Como Park, Cheektowaga, NY
C. HAUSER Of Buffalo, NY, September 11, 2011, beloved husband
of the late Bernadette Stefanick
and the late Ann Michalakes Hauser; dearest father of Gerard
(Jean), Thomas (Sharon), Raymond (Lisa), Maureen (Timothy)
Loftus, Barbara Hauser, Margaret Mary (Mark) O'Brian and
Patricia (John) Petricca; loving grandfather of 12
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; predeceased by
brothers and sisters. Friends may call Tuesday 7-9 PM and
Wednesday 4-8 PM at the PAUL A. KLOC BLOSSOM CHAPELS INC.,
4680 Clinton St., (corner of Borden Rd.), West Seneca,
(668-5666), where funeral will be held Thursday morning at
8:30 and a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Thomas Aquinas
Church at 9:30 AM. Friends are invited. Albert was the Chief
Photographer for the Buffalo Police Department for over 40
J. Patanella, August 25, 2011, a
retired Buffalo police officer, died Thursday at Erie
County Medical Center after a nine- month battle with
lung and brain cancer. He was 58.
and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Patanella lived in Alden
attended Holy Angels Grammar School and was a 1970
graduate of Grover Cleveland High School, where he was
a star football player. Mr. Patanella was a member and
MVP of the 1970 All High football team.
1972, he joined the Buffalo Police Department,
initially as a patrol officer, and later with the
Motorcycle Unit, the Accident Investigations Unit and
the department’s Drunken Driving Task Force. He
retired from the police force in 2002.
Patanella was a member of the Retired Buffalo Police
Officers’s Clam Club. He was voted into the Buffalo
Public School’s Harvard Cup Hall of Fame in 2011.
is survived by his wife, Susan; his mother, Eleanor;
and three brothers, Justin, David and Joseph.
- James P. "Jimmy" August 20, 2011, beloved
husband of Ann M. (nee Campanile) Smith; cherished father of
Matthew (Colleen) Smith, Renata (Mark) Doerr, Marie (Jeremy)
Voorhees and Gina Smith; loving grandpa of Evan, Dominic,
Elise, Benjamin and Noelle; dear son to Marie (late Henry)
Smith; also survived by seven siblings, 35 nieces and
nephews and 22 great-nieces and nephews. Relatives and
friends may call Monday 7-9 PM and Tuesday and 2-4 and 7-9
PM at the CUSACK FUNERAL HOME, 250 Orchard Park Rd, W.
Seneca, 828-1846 (same location as Sieck & Mast Funeral
Home), where you are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial
at St. Martin's of Tours Church on Wednesday at 9:30 AM.
(Please assemble at church). Jimmy was a retired Buffalo
Police Lieutenant, who was shot in the line of duty, also
served in operation Desert Storm as a U.S. Coast Guard
Reservist, and the owner of A.J. Pool Supplies. He also
belonged to American Legion Post 1477 and Col. Weber VFW
||Mark Joseph Villagomez of Buffalo,
entered into rest suddenly June 1, 2011, beloved
father of Devin, Leah and Casey Villagomez; loving son
of Ronald and Marilyn (nee Szaras) Villagomez; dear
brother of Michael Villagomez, Monty Villagomez and
Monique (Walter) Geising; cherished uncle of Michael,
Josef, Noah, Jake and Cameryn; also survived by
relatives and many friends.
Fellow Police Officer Derrick Ferrell
passed away May 14, 2011 May God rest his soul in peace.
Ferrell, police officer active in church
News Published:May 18, 2011
Northwest District Police Officer Derrick “D.
J.” Ferrell, the last 16 months wasn’t about
losing a hard- fought battle against pancreatic
cancer. It was about winning an eternal reward.
how Mr. Ferrell, 40, a 12-year decorated police
officer, husband and father to two young daughters,
viewed his prognosis. It’s how this soft-spoken,
kindhearted man who embodied a saint’s approach to
life and death comforted others who struggled with
calling me to go though this for a reason,” Mr.
Ferrell told The Buffalo News last spring at a North
Buffalo benefit held in his honor. “I’m just
trusting God to use me for his glory.”
Ferrell, who lived in Cheektowaga, died Saturday
under the care of Buffalo Hospice.
leaves his wife, Nekita; two daughters, Hailey, 6,
and Noelle, 2; parents, Willie and Flossie; sister,
Melody Belk; and a family of brethren from his life
in law enforcement and at his church, Word of Life
Ministries in Niagara Falls, where Mr. Ferrell
served as a deacon and praise and worship singer.
kind, caring, loving, friendly and uplifting,”
were among the traits fellow officers used to
you wanted the perfect police officer, you’d want
him,” Cheryl Slomka, an officer in Mr. Ferrell’s
platoon, said at his benefit. “He’d do anything
L. Scott of Niagara Falls, a close friend of Nekita
Ferrell, called Mr. Ferrell “a loving a devoted
husband, father, son, uncle and brother.”
those who knew him or of him, he left an impact of
faith and love in their lives,” Scott said.
Ferrell was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic
cancer, the most serious form of the deadly disease,
early last year, not long after first visiting his
doctor with a complaint that he “couldn’t eat
without feeling full.” He was told he had three to
six months to live.
in Buffalo, he graduated from Kensington High School
in 1989 and worked as a state corrections officer
before joining the Buffalo Police Department in
Ferrell’s law enforcement heroism were
well-chronicled in the pages of The Buffalo News,
most notably a May 13, 2009, incident in which he,
with two fellow officers and four Buffalo
firefighters, resuscitated 23-month-old Izaiah
White, who suffered a severe allergic reaction to
little Izaiah died four days later in Women and
Children’s Hospital, his family credited the
heroic first responders with giving him a chance to
live. Mr. Ferrell and the others were later honored
by Mayor Byron W. Brown and then-Commissioner H.
McCarthy Gipson. The State Legislature also honored
him in a legislative resolution.
for Mr. Ferrell will be at noon Friday in Mount
Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave., after an
hourlong visitation in the church.
fund to help Mr. Ferrell’s wife and daughters has
been established at the Buffalo Police Federal
Credit Union, 851-4490.
Heroes of Buffalo PD
save boy who stopped breathing Watch Video Click
Raids Earlier This Week Only the Beginning, Brown Says
NEWS STAFF REPORTER Published: February 18, 2011, 2:57 PM
arrests. Eleven firearms. Almost $10,000 in cash. Five pounds
of marijuana and 5.5 ounces of crack and powder cocaine, along
with some heroin and assorted prescription pills.
was the result of a series of drug raids conducted Monday and
Tuesday across the city.
police teamed up with SWAT teams and K-9 units from around the
region to execute 101 search warrants at properties where
neighbors and other witnesses had reported drugs were being
Byron W. Brown said in a news conference today that the raids
were only the beginning in what will be a sustained effort to
fight drug-related crimes in the city.
you are a criminal in the City of Buffalo, if you are a drug
dealer in the City of Buffalo, if you are someone who is
trying to commit crime in this community, you'd better find a
new line of work, or you're going to jail," Brown said.
noon news conference at police headquarters was clearly part
of the strategy in getting the word out that drug criminals
will be targeted.
mayor was flanked by police brass as well as representatives
from a dozen other agencies as he spoke with reporters from a
podium. Reporters were shown videos of the raids and shown
photos of the seized money, guns and drugs and even given DVDs
to use in their coverage. The raids were even given a catchy
name: "Operation Heartbreaker." The raids began on
mayor assured that anyone who has complained about a property
where drugs were being sold which hasn't been raided yet
should "just be patient. We're not going to stop. We're
going to keep going."
officials also emphasized the unprecedented scale of the
hundred one warrants over a 48-hour period is unheard
of," said Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.
pointed out that in 2005, before Brown took office, 135 search
warrants were executed the whole year.
February 2010 to this year, more than 800 have been executed,
including the 101 done this month.
C. Nigrelli, Buffalo police detective sergeant
BUFFALO NEWS February 2, 2011, 12:00 AM
C. Nigrelli, a Buffalo police detective sergeant with
39 years on the force and a Korean War Army veteran,
died Sunday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.
He was 84.
Nigrelli was a cornerstone in a South Buffalo family
that has produced some 25 sons and daughters who
entered the law enforcement profession.
lifelong city resident, Mr. Nigrelli was a
brother-in-law of Buffalo police Lt. Michael J.
McCarthy Jr., who died Jan. 21. They were close
companions for more than half a century, relatives
dad was respected by his peers for his unwavering
support and friendship. There was not anyone who had a
bad word to say about Joe Nigrelli,” said New York
State Police Capt. Michael
P. Nigrelli, one of Mr. Nigrelli’s four sons who all
followed in their father’s career footsteps.
Mr. Nigrelli’s only daughter, Susan, a hairstylist,
got into the act indirectly by marrying State Trooper
father was the patriarch of a proud and enduring
tradition in police work,” said Michael Nigrelli,
who heads State Police operations on the Western New
York portion of the Thruway.
1957, as a young patrol officer downtown, Mr. Nigrelli
was working with his future father-in- law, Michael J.
McCarthy, though he had no idea at the time. Mr.
Nigrelli met Margaret A. Mc- Carthy at Crystal Beach,
Ont., which, at the time, was the place to be for
Jan. 21, when Mr. Nigrelli learned that Michael Jr.,
Margaret’s brother, had passed away after a lengthy
illness, he was devastated by the news.
couldn’t have found two guys who approached police
work more differently. Mike was a street cop who went
out there. My father was the behind-the-scenes type of
guy, but they shared a deep and mutual respect for one
another, even though they looked at the job
differently,” Michael Nigrelli said.
of Mr. Nigrelli’s sons, Steven A. Nigrelli, is also
a captain in the State Police, serving as the zone
commander at the Clarence Station. A third son, Peter
Nigrelli, is a Buffalo police officer in the South
District. The fourth son, Joseph Nigrelli, works in
Indianapolis at a county police dispatching center.
may sound sort of unusual, but Mr. Nigrelli’s hobby
was memberships in police organizations both when he
was a working officer and throughout retirement.
was a member of the Buffalo Police Department’s
Detective and Detective Sergeants Association, the
International Police Association, the Italian-American
Police Association, the Western New York Police
Association, the Western New York Association of
Retired Police Officers and the Buffalo Police
served as an officer in these groups for years. He
believed in the fraternal connections that these
organizations created among people,” Michael
many retired officers, the golf course and travel held
no interest for Mr. Nigrelli.
was police work. That was his hobby,” Michael
2008, one of the high points in retirement occurred
when Mr. Nigrelli was named the “Italian- American
Society—Buffalo Bisons Man of the Year.”
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a. m.
Thursday in Holy Family Catholic Church, 1880 South
Park Ave. Prayers will be said at 10:15 in Nightengale
Funeral Home, 1884 South Park Ave.
DET. SGT. JOSEPH NIGRELLI IS THE PROUD FATHER OF P.O.
PETER NIGRELLI (A DISTRICT), NYSP CAPTAIN MICHAEL
NIGRELLI, NYSP CAPTAIN STEVEN NIGRELLI AND FATHER IN
LAW OF NYSP TROOPER JOSEPH DANAHY. DET. SGT. NIGRELLI
IS ALSO THE UNCLE OF BPD PO ERIN MCCARTHY-HARRINGTON
(MRU), BPD CAPTAIN MICHAEL MCCARTHY (DETECTIVE
DIVISION), ECSD DETECTIVE GREGORY MCCARTHY, ECSD SEAN
MCCARTHY AND BPD DETECTIVE MARK LAUBER (HOMICIDE).
SGT. NIGRELLI IS THE SON-IN-LAW OF RETIRED DESK LT.
MICHAEL MCCARTHY (DECEASED), BROTHER-IN-LAW OF RETIRED
BPD LT MICHAEL MCCARTHY (DECEASED) BROTHER-IN-LAW OF
RETIRED DETECTIVE PATRICK MCCARTHY (DECEASED),
BROTHER-IN-LAW OF RETIRED PO DAVID O'KEEFE. RELATIONS
TO ALSO INCLUDE RETIRED BPD INSPECTOR JOHN BRILL,
RETIRED BPD CHIEF ED HEMPLING, RETIRED BPD PO JOSEPH
BUCKLEY, RETIRED BPD CAPTAIN JOE O'SHEI, RETIRED PO
JOHN LAWSON (DECEASED) BPD LT. GARY O'SHEI (C), BPD
DETECTIVE DEBORAH BUYERS (D) AND BPD PO ADAM O'SHEI
DETECTIVE SERGEANT NIGRELLI PROUDLY SERVED THE BPD FOR
39 YEARS AND WAS A PBA DELEGATE FOR 30+YEARS. MAY GOD
REST HIS SOUL.
J. McCarthy Jr., heroic cop who served in Buffalo and
8, 1939—Jan. 21, 2011
Dan Herbeck Buffalo News
J. McCarthy Jr., a heroic cop who survived many
dangerous adventures with the Buffalo Police and in
war-torn hot spots in the Middle East, died Friday. He
retired police lieutenant died in the Orchard Park
home of a family member, where he was under hospice
care after a long fight with cancer.
McCarthy, who reminded fellow officers of actor Clint
Eastwood, worked with the Buffalo Police for more than
30 years, retiring in late 1994. He then worked a
couple of years in private security before beginning a
12-year career as a private security consultant and
investigator, working for the United Nations and
others in Iraq, Bosnia, Liberia and other countries.
was widely respected by fellow cops, and 25 of his
family members—including his three sons and his
daughter—followed him into law enforcement.
since I became a rookie officer, I’ve had people
come up to me and say, ‘Your dad was the best cop I
ever worked with,’ ” said one of his sons, Michael
J. McCarthy, now a captain in the Buffalo Police.
“He set a high standard for the rest of us in the
family to try to live up to.”
I was a citizen in trouble on a street corner in
Buffalo, Mike was exactly the cop you’d like to see
coming around the corner to your rescue,” said Jim
Watson, a longtime reporter with the Buffalo
McCarthy met with a reporter from The Buffalo News
last month and spoke about his adventures.
a police officer, I always wanted people on the street
to give me one of two things—respect or fear,” he
said in a story published last Dec. 19. “I didn’t
care which one it was.”
son of a city police lieutenant, Lt. McCarthy grew up
in the Commodore Perry housing project in Buffalo’s
Old First Ward and graduated from Father Baker High
Marine Corps veteran, he worked as a longshoreman for
several years before joining the Buffalo Police in
1963. Over the next three decades, he won 85 service
commendations and almost every heroism award given to
of the awards came in 1968, after he shot and killed a
robbery suspect who had killed a fellow officer— and
shot Lt. McCarthy’s police hat off his head—during
a confrontation on Military Road.
McCarthy spent much of his career as one of the
commanders of the city police Special Weapons and
retirement, he took his first overseas assignment in
1998, when he was hired by the State Department to
investigate war crimes and atrocities in Bosnia.
his time in Iraq, Lt. McCarthy was once shot in the
leg, and was shot at dozens of times. He survived two
terrorist bombings at the Iraqi hotel where he was
staying, including one explosion that blew him out of
oom and sent him careening into steel elevator doors.
McCarthy was a member of Matthew Glab American Legion
Post 1477 in Lackawanna and American Legion Post 123
in Angeles City, the Philippines.
his son, Michael, he is survived by a daughter, Erin
McCarthy-Harrington; and two more sons, Greg and Sean;
three sisters, Margaret Nigrelli, Anne Lauber and
Kathleen O’Keefe; and his ex-wife, Kathleen Higgins.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30
a. m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767
Ridge Road, Lackawanna.
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