WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — Signs thanking a Niagara County Sheriff Deputy who stepped into the line of fire to protect others have sprung up in western New York.
Errick Road Elementary School dedicated their sign to thanking not only officer Joe Tortorella, a 10-year-veteran of the Niagara Falls Sheriff’s Office, they thanked all first responders for their heroics.
Tortorella was the first deputy on the scene after a man shot his father and mother in his house. Tortorella was shot by the man, later identified as Duane A. Bores Jr., and returned fire. After the exchange of bullets, Tortorella ordered the nearby elementary school be locked down.
“Deputy Tortorella reacted and did what he was trained to do, and his swift actions may have saved lives,” Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said.
Others in the community took to their signs to agree with Voutour. Olympia Restaurant also thanked Tortorella for his valor.
Tortorella has yet to comment on his actions at the shooting.