BUFFALO, NY (WNY News Now) – Almost a month after a deadly Christmas blizzard ravaged parts of Western New York, officials are taking a moment to say “thank you” to everyday heroes lending a hand.
Over the weekend, New York Governor Kathy Hochul joined other government officials at Buffalo State hosting a special ceremony commemorating the heroism of many, from first responders to everyday residents simply lending a hand during the 2022 Christmas Holiday snowstorm. Each was honored with the “Good Neighbor Honoree” medal.
“We have been through so much together as a community and yet there is no community or people stronger than right here in Buffalo because we have been tested,” said Hochul. “We’ve been tested by fire, we’ve been tested by snow, we’ve been tested by blizzards and winds that were just unbelievable – record-setting in every measure.”
New York State workers who came in to help Western New York during the blizzard saved around 650 people. It’s also estimated thousands more were helped due to the kindness of good Samaritans. Sadly, nearly 50 people were killed in the storm.
The governor went on to say the state is now working on an after-action report on the blizzard and bringing in outside contractors to help local leaders figure out what worked and what didn’t.