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2017-12-07 / Obituaries

Salvatore A. Valvo, Buffalo police officer


Valvo Valvo Salvatore A. Valvo, 81, of Lancaster, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

Mr. Valvo was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College.

He was a Buffalo police officer for more than 30 years. He also fulfilled the position of “Mc- Gruff the Crime Dog” to educate children on crime awareness and public safety.

Mr. Valvo was the former president and member of the Italian American Police Association, on the board of directors for the Police & Firemen’s Insurance Association, a former union representative for the Police Benevolent Association and member of the Butler Mitchell Clubhouse.

He was the final player selected to play basketball for the U.S. Army during his years of service and then was drafted to play professional baseball for the San Francisco Giants.

He got hurt during training camp, which ended his baseball career, thus leading him to law enforcement.

Mr. Valvo was a member of the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame and was awarded many accolades with the Italian American Police Association.

He is survived by his wife, Irene (nee Bronzino); two children, Gina Rath and Jackie Berdinka; one sibling, Anthony; and three grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Dec. 4 at St. Gabriel Church. Arrangements were made by the Amigone Funeral Home Inc.

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