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2018-06-13 / Local News

Town of Tonawanda police officer recognized


Milton J. Brounshidle Post Commander Ted Balbierz, left, stands with Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Mark Muscoreil, who displays his award, and Erie County American Legion Commander Suzanne Quirk. Milton J. Brounshidle Post Commander Ted Balbierz, left, stands with Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Mark Muscoreil, who displays his award, and Erie County American Legion Commander Suzanne Quirk. The Erie County American Legion Law & Order Award for 2018 was recently presented by Erie County American Legion Commander Suzanne Quirk to Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Mark Muscoreil.

Candidates for the 2018 Law & Order Award were submitted from American Legion posts throughout Erie County.

Muscoreil’s nomination, which was submitted by the Milton J. Brounshidle American Legion Post 205 in Tonawanda, detailed the officer’s actions taken on the evening of Oct. 23, 2017.

According to the Brounshidle Post, Muscoreil responded to a house fire at 22 Glenside Drive in the Town of Tonawanda and found the residence engulfed in flames. Without any fire safety gear, Muscoreil used his SWAT training to make forced entry into the structure.

Due to heavy smoke, he was unable to make it upstairs to rescue a woman on the second floor, but he did remain inside the burning building and led Brighton Fire Chief Andy Hallman, who was equipped with proper breathing gear, and assisted in the rescue of the woman on the second floor.

Muscoreil’s actions that day also assisted in the rescue of an 80-year-old veteran who was seriously injured in the fire but was rescued and transported to a local hospital. According to the Legion post, Muscoreil’s selfless actions directly assisted with the saving of two lives that day.

The police officer is also active in the community and each year takes a week of his vacation to be a volunteer coach at the Jim Kelly Football Camp.

As recipient of the Erie County award, Muscoreil’s award is being forwarded to the American Legion Department of New York 8th District for possible further recognition by the eight counties of Western New York.

If awarded by the district, it can move forward to the state and national American Legion for additional consideration.

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