Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship awarded

Submitted Photo Pine Valley graduate Emily Raiport received a $500 scholarship from the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship Committee. Pictured in front is retired Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy Tina Holt presenting the check to Raiport. In back from left are Fredonia Fire Department Chief Kurt Maytum, NYS Corrections Department retiree Bill Makuch and Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano.

Representatives of the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship Committee recently presented the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship. Emily Raiport was awarded a $500 scholarship to further her education in Forensic Science/Crime Scene Investigation.

Emily, daughter of Stephen and Stacey Raiport, graduated from Pine Valley High School and will attend Hilbert College in the fall.

In her application essay, Emily stated, “I enjoy problem-solving and know this will help in my future endeavors. It will make me proud to serve any community as a law enforcement officer in any capacity. I want to motivate and inspire others in my profession.”

While attending high school, Emily was involved with the Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department functions, assisted in the clean-up and restoration of homes following Gowanda’s devastating flood of 2009, and volunteered for Pine Valley Basketball CUBS program.

The Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Fund was established at the NCCF in the fall of 2001. The key purpose is to provide support to the families of county heroes — firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS personnel and other local uniformed heroes — who have been killed or critically debilitated in the line of duty. The fund also provides scholarships to students who are interested in careers in public safety. Applicants must be pursuing a career in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency medical services.

The NCCF, incorporated in 1986, is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Since its establishment, the NCCF has distributed more than $12.9 million in the community through its various grant programs. It is an organization inherently committed to enriching the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy.

For more information on the NCCF, visit or call 366-4892.