Tonight, the Tri-City ValleyCats will host Community Heroes Night at 7 p.m., honoring heroes from all walks of life in the Capital Region. That will include Bailey Wind. She is one of the two survivors of that Northway crash that killed her boyfriend and another girl in December 2012. The drunk driver that hit them is serving time.
Wind is now in college and speaks locally to groups about her ordeal. For the second year in a row, E. Stewart Jones Law Firm and The Tri-City ValleyCats have encouraged community members to nominate local heroes who have made a difference in their communities. Nominees from this year include members of the military, law enforcement, fire fighter/EMT agencies, charity organizations and more.
After receiving dozens of applications, a Home Run Community Heroes Starting Nine was selected, and each chosen member will be recognized on the field at 6:35 p.m. before the ValleyCats take on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Tonight is also STOP DWI Night at the stadium which will include participation by a number of law enforcement agencies from around the Capital Region. They will also recognize Blue Friday of New York, a program that assists in providing resources needed by families or co-workers of law enforcement officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
The full list of 2014 Community Heroes: Shay Kerwin, Casey Predilitto, James Dorward, Jr., Brian Ragule and Brian Reith, Bakary Janneh, Roman Goddeau, Tara Hulett, Bailey Wind and Decky Lawson.