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1st annual Children’s Safety Village Gala

On September 30th, 2017, the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is holding its 1st annual Children’s Safety Village Gala fundraiser. This event will have a live & silent auction and we will be honoring local people who have made significant contributions to community safety and/or who have shown a remarkable response in emergency situations. The awards and award recipients are:

Ron Keddie Award for Excellence in Fire Service: The Excellence in Fire Safety Award honors those who have unselfishly contributed to the greater good by dedicating themselves to fire safety and saving the lives of others.  It is to commemorate their exemplary talents and unselfish acts in the field, leadership, compassion and dedication.  This award has been named after Ron Keddie who embodied all of these qualities throughout his career.

  • The 2017 Excellence in the Fire Service is being given to Julius Leone, Chautauqua County Director of Emergency Services. Julius has dedicated his life to his profession and began his career with the Hook and Ladder Company of the Fredonia Fire Department. He has served in all of the line officer positions including Captain. He has been Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Chief for Fredonia Fire Department, has been a certified EMT since 1981, has served as President for the Chautauqua County Fire Chiefs Association, the Emergency Medical Services Council and Chairman of the Fire Advisory Board.

Kevin Link Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement: The Excellence in Law Enforcement award was developed to honor those who have served the law enforcement and public safety professions generously and unselfishly. It is to commemorate exemplary talents and contributions as demonstrated by the nominee’s dedication, loyalty, ability and integrity. This award has been named after Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Link who embodied all of these qualities throughout his professional career.

  • The 2017 Excellence in Law Enforcement is being given to Matthew Hazleton, Dunkirk K-9 Police Officer who passed away on August 6, 2017. Matthew served as a police officer for the City of Dunkirk Police Department for 14 and a half years, the last two years he served as the city’s K9 officer. He was a member of the City of Dunkirk’s Dive Team and was also a member of the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association. His wife Jennifer will be accepting the award in honor of Matt and the legacy he has left on this community.

Madelyn Petscher Award for a child who has demonstrated Bravery and Heroism: The Madelyn Petscher Award was developed to honor children ages 13 and under who have demonstrated bravery, heroism and have used the knowledge they have learned to help others in an emergency situation. It is to commemorate their contributions to the safety of others. This award has been named after Madelyn Petscher who embodied these qualities at a very young age.

  • The 2017 Young Hero Award is being given to Raymond Carlson who committed a heroic act in 2009 when he was 9 years old. Raymond took charge in an emergency situation and saved the lives of his grandmother and 3 children. He was able to get everyone to safety and call for help.
More about who the Safety Village Awards are named after:

Ron Keddie Award for Excellence in the Fire Service:  Ron Keddie was a New York State Fire Instructor as well as the Chautauqua County Fire Service Training Coordinator. He had a passion for fire service that was difficult to rival. He attempted to instill that passion in all of his students‚ as well as in anyone else who would listen. Ron loved to work with children and routinely taught fire prevention to children at local schools‚ youth groups‚ and the Children’s Safety Village. Ron also helped develop the fire prevention curriculum that is used today.  He served the Sheridan Fire Department in the offices of president‚ chief for two terms‚ and as a fire commissioner in his third term. Through the course of his career‚ he also served on countless committees.  Ron passed away on June 27‚ 2012‚ at the age of 64.

Kevin Link Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement: Kevin Link was a deputy sheriff with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office who passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2016. He served as a member of the Chautauqua County SWAT Team, Dive Team, and was a certified EMT. Kevin also worked part time as an EMT for the ALSTAR Ambulance Service. He worked as a school resource officer at Cassadaga Central Schools, BOCES – LoGuidice Center, and most recently, Kevin served as the School Resource Officer for Silver Creek Schools, where his passion to help each student reach their fullest potential was his ultimate goal.  Kevin also played a key role in the Safety Village Internet Safety Program that is used today.

Madelyn Petscher Award for a child who has demonstrated Bravery and Heroism: Madelyn Petscher’s home burned to the ground in January 2012 when she was 6 years old, but thanks to her insistence and her dog’s intuition, the entire family survived.  Madelyn had visited the Children’s Safety Education Village and learned about the importance of having a family fire escape plan. Just a few months before the fire, she convinced her parents to develop such a plan, which helped them all escape unharmed.  They tragically lost their dog Nana who noticed the smoke and woke Madelyn’s father. They were then able to follow plan they had made.

Purchase your Gala Tickets Here!

Please note: a 2.9% fee is added to the ticket prices.

Payment can also be made by check or cash at the Children’s Safety Village.  Please contact (716)338-0171 for more information.

Table sponsors receive an ad in the program and organization name displayed on the table. Just purchase 5 tickets to be a half table sponsor and 10 tickets to be a full table sponsor.


For Donation opportunities Click here: gala donation and table sponsor info sheet