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February 11, 2013

Memories still fresh 10 years after Lockport shootout


Niagara Gazette — “He used some curse words when I shot him in the foot,” Seekins said. “He asked why I hadn’t shot him in the head. I’m not sure why he asked me that.”

The detective wasn’t proud of hitting Kanalley in the foot. “We aim to terminate the threat,” he said.

The South Lockport Ambulance was on the scene waiting to transport the injured officers. On the way to Erie County Medical Center, Ritchie was said to have died four times and was resuscitated. “They were just squeezing bags of blood in me,” he said. “The doctors were surprised I was able to survive,” he said.

One of his legs was nearly blown off, the other leg had a broken bone. One shot severed nerves in his arm. It’s something Ritchie deals with every day. Each year it gets a little worse, he said.

Eggert and Ritchie were treated at the ECMC intensive care unit. Ritchie was in intensive care for a week and spent five weeks in the hospital. Rods were installed in his legs, and he spent nearly a year and a half in intense therapy.

At Officer of the Year ceremonies, Eggert said, “Without Scott being there, I’d be dead, and so would Steve. I mean, he threw himself down between me and Jason. If there’s a hero out there, it’s Scott, even if he doesn’t like being called one.”

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