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Ortt to present Senate Liberty Medals to 3 local heroes


LOCKPORT – State Senator Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, will present the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to three local individuals on Thursday, August 10 at 3:30 p.m. for their heroic actions. 

Last November, off-duty Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Walter and Niagara County residents Louie Martorana and Jeff Allen saved a man trapped inside his car seconds before it became fully engulfed with flames. The driver, Anthony May, crashed into a tree in Pendleton and became pinned in the driver's seat. Walter, Martorana and Allen were the first to arrive to the scene of the crash and worked together to pull May out of the vehicle saving his life.  

The New York State Senate Liberty Medal is the highest honor an individual can receive by the state Senate.