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The Times
  • Catholic Charities to honor March shooting survivors, first responders

  • In what organizers have called an “extraordinary year” for the Mohawk Valley, Catholic Charities of Herkimer County will honor the two survivors from the March shootings and the emergency responders from the tragic day. “John [Seymour] and Dan [Haslauer] have suffered extreme physical and emotio...
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  • In what organizers have called an “extraordinary year” for the Mohawk Valley, Catholic Charities of Herkimer County will honor the two survivors from the March shootings and the emergency responders from the tragic day.
    “John [Seymour] and Dan [Haslauer] have suffered extreme physical and emotional pain, but have survived these incredible traumas to walk among us once again and to stand as brilliant examples of strength and bravery that we all strive to achieve,” said Terry Leonard, director of Catholic Charities. “Catholic Charities is proud to be able to honor these two amazing gentlemen with our individual Window of Hope Awards.”
    Leonard said the local Catholic Charities chapter honors individuals and organizations each year “who personify the spirit and community of Herkimer County.”
    Haslauer and Seymour were injured at Seymour’s barbershop in Mohawk when Kurt Myers opened fire on March 13. Harry Montgomery, Sr., and Michael Renshaw were killed at the barbershop.
    Myers then went on to kill Michael Ransear and Thomas Stefka at Gaffey’s Fast Lube in Herkimer before he holed himself up at the former Glory Days bar on North Main Street. Police killed Myers during a standoff, after he shot and killed an FBI K-9 named Ape.
    “This year, the focus is on the events of March,” said Leonard at the Catholic Charities office at 61 West St., where he announced Haslauer and Seymour will be the individual honorees and the emergency responders will be the organization honorees. “We will also memorialize the folks who were lost those two days, including Ape,” he said.
    All local police and fire departments, state police, the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department and MOVAC are among the organizations who will be recognized for responding to the shootings. Leonard said they played a “crucial role” in the events.
    “The brave men and women of the valley’s emergency response organizations are greatly deserving of recognition and Catholic Charities is privileged to be able to provide this recognition,” he said.
    The luncheon will take place at Francesca’s Catering and Banquets on East Main Street, Ilion, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Tickets are $20 per person. Organizers said every dollar raised by the luncheon will stay in Herkimer County and will help people through its programs, especially the emergency assistance program.
    Leonard said the victims’ families will be invited to attend the event.
    He also said Bishop Howard Hubbard is planning to attend.
    New this year to the Window of Hope will be a raffle. Organizers hope to sell 1,000 tickets for $20 each to give a grand prize of $10,000. If not all the tickets are sold, the grand prize winner will receive half of the ticket sales. The other half of the ticket sales will benefit the emergency assistance and local agency programs. The drawing will take place at the end of the luncheon.
    Page 2 of 2 - Luncheon and raffle tickets may be purchased from any member of the board of directors.
    Organizers said anyone interested in becoming a gold, silver or bronze sponsor for the event can contact Leonard. Those interested in selling tickets for the event or in more information may call Catholic Charities at 894-9917.

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