The Medal of Honor may be awarded to any sworn member of the Cheektowaga Police Department, who, in the line of duty gives their life or distinguishes themselves by an act of courage involving risk of imminent danger to themselves- with the knowledge that such risk is above and beyond the call of duty. The aforementioned acts must have been performed for the purpose of saving of protecting human life.
On November 14th, 2002, Officer Joseph Bashaw confronted two armed robbery suspects at the Wilson Farms store, 2761 Harlem Road. After being ordered to the ground, one suspect, armed with a shotgun, attempted to shoot Officer Bashaw. Officer Bashaw was forced to fire at the suspect, wounding one robber and taking him into custody.
On July 21st, 1987, Officer Jerald Barber was injured tackling a man armed with a shotgun who had held police at bay for two hours and forcing him to the ground during a confrontation at Walden Avenue and Union Road.
On July 16th, 1982, Officer Bronislaus Napierski confronted a man who was holding a hostage at knifepoint at the Buffalo International Airport. When the hostage broke free, the suspect lunged at Officer Napierski with the knife. Officer Napierski shot and critically wounded the suspect.
On September 2nd, 1978, Officer Daniel Conley confronted an armed robbery suspect at the Wilson Farms located on Dick Road who had pointed a revolver at him and pulled the trigger. The hammer fell on empty chambers although there were live rounds in the gun.
On October 20th, 1977, Officer Robert Walker confronted an armed robbery suspect at the Holiday Inn on Genesee Street who fired shots at him and his partner, David Tolsma. Tolsma was fatally wounded in the confrontation. Walker returned fire wounding the suspect.
On July 20th, 1977, Officer Thomas Rowan was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and burns sustained while trying to rescue the pilot of an airplane that had crashed into the Westinghouse Plant on Genesee Street.
On July 1st, 1977, Officer William Belz sustained injuries physically subduing and arresting an armed man who had fired several gunshots at him and his partner, Robert Burgess. Burgess was fatally wounded in the confrontation at Sattler’s Drugs on William Street.
On June 24th, 1974, Detective Charles Iwanski suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in a confrontation with a man armed with a .30 caliber carbine in the parking lot of St. Aloysius Church located at 157 Cleveland Drive.
On June 24th, 1974, Officer Aloisius Klaja suffered a massive gunshot wound to the chest in a confrontation with a man armed with a .30 caliber carbine in the parking lot of St. Aloysius Church located at 157 Cleveland Drive.
On June 24th, 1974, Lieutenant William Siwinski suffered two gunshot wounds to the arm and hip during a confrontation with a man armed with a .30 caliber carbine in the parking lot of St. Aloysius Church located at 157 Cleveland Drive.