WNY Blizzard Hero Who Saved 26 Gets Super Surprise From The Bills
The Buffalo Bills are the latest to honor an Erie County man who saved 26 lives during the winter storm that blanketed Western New York over Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, 27-year-old mechanic Jay Withey broke into a school as temperatures plummeted below freezing to get an elderly woman and young man to safety after all three were stranded in the snow. Instead of waiting inside where it was warm, Withey took the school’s snow blower and dug out other stranded motorists so they could get inside, too.
By Christmas Day, 24 people and 2 dogs had taken shelter because of Jay, while crews cleared away more than four feet of snow. Police tracked "Merry Christmas Jay" down after the incident from school security footage and a note he left behind apologizing for breaking a window to get in to reward him for his life-saving efforts. Now Withey’s received another amazing surprise.
While the Buffalo Bills won’t be playing in the Super Bowl this year, they do have tickets. They sent Withey a pair for the February 12th showdown in Glendale, Arizona with a very special messenger - Bills legend Thurman Thomas.
The Bills say Withey is a perfect example of Buffalo’s resilience, which has been put to the test time and time again over the past year. Besides his new Super Bowl plans, Jay also has a cookout scheduled with the people he rescued for when its warmer.