Less than two weeks ago, Buffalo police officer Gary Sengbusch left ECMC after being treated for critical injuries when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver while coming home from a second job as a security guard last February. Thursday night in downtown Buffalo, the Bisons held a fundraiser for Gary and thousands showed up to lend a helping hand.
Gary may not be playing for the Red Sox, a childhood dream he admits to having, but Thursday night he was enjoying the benefit at Coca-Cola field in honor of him.
Gary was surrounded by thousands of generous Western New Yorkers, and his family was right by his side.
Erie County's Air One helicopter did a ceremonial fly over, and as the stands began to fill up, Gary headed toward the pitching mound. With the crowd cheering him on, many crying in the stands, Gary prepared for his ceremonial first pitch after raising his cane to the fans.
The generosity was everywhere; even a retired Lancaster police officer donated his entire retirement gift of $5,000 to Gary, "It's pretty awesome, you spend a long time as an officer, have a send away party, and you get a check and to give to me, it's pretty unbelievable" Gary said. Gary wishes he could personally thank each and every person who came out to support him tonight and looks forward to hopefully getting back to work one day. It's a night he and his family will never forget.
Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will help assist his recovery from that horrible accident last February in Buffalo.