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Stories of Hope
April 14, 2023

The Rioch’s Story

“I will never forget that day,” said Suzanne Rioch, a retired art/special education teacher. “We were living in Victor at the time, and our house was near a corner. There was a motor vehicle accident involving a truck and a minivan about 500 yards from our house. The minivan occupant…
Stories of Hope
November 20, 2022

Vito’s Story

“I always respected first responders, but since my accident, I have an even deeper admiration for them and what they do.” Support from the community is vital to our operation and our ability to save lives. Without Mercy Flight, Vitorrio “Vito” Muoio and his friend might not have survived a…
Stories of Hope
November 21, 2021

Jack’s Story

“Thank God Mercy Flight was there to take him. I am forever grateful.” “As a mom, all I want for my children is health, happiness, and to find that special someone to share their life with,” said Kim Houseknecht. On April 20, 2021, Kim’s prayers for good health for her…
Stories of Hope
December 3, 2020

Joniel’s Story

For Amy and Jonathan Rivera and their newborn son Joniel, Mercy Flight was there when minutes mattered. On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, Amy Rivera, in her thirty-fifth week of pregnancy, went into labor and delivered her son Joniel at Olean General Hospital (OGH). Although babies born prematurely may exhibit symptoms…
Stories of Hope
November 21, 2019

Michelle’s Story

Michelle was celebrating Independence Day with her family in Chautauqua County, when high velocity fireworks hurtled toward her. She saw a white flash, and in an instant, her clothing caught fire as the pyrotechnic device hit her and remained in her lap. Within minutes, Michelle was airlifted from the scene…