Sager family’s letter appreciates ‘kindness’

Family members of William Sager Jr., in a letter to the OBSERVER, say they have been touched by “generosity and kindness of this great community.”

Written by Erika Webster and Bill Sager Sr., the letter is grateful for those who have helped fundraise, prayed and provided support to the family. Webster was Sager’s fiancee.

Sager, a former Silver Creek resident and Air National Guardsman, died July 31 as a result of devastating head injuries he suffered during an assault at a Buffalo bar in May. He had been in a coma at the Erie County Medical Center until his death after reportedly being pushed down a flight of stairs at Molly’s Pub in Buffalo’s University District on May 11, striking his head and suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Here is the full letter:

It’s difficult to know where to begin in expressing our sincere gratitude for all of the prayers and gestures of support during these difficult weeks that culminated with the death, visitation, funeral and burial of our beloved son and fiancee, Bill Sager Jr.

From Bill’s brothers in arms at the Niagara Air Reserve Station to his friends who raised money to pay for his medical expenses; to complete strangers who expressed their sympathy and support; to first responders; to the media for telling Bill’s story of service to his nation; to the operators of the funeral home and clergy who helped our family celebrate his life; and, finally to people of Silver Creek, who lined the streets waving flags and saluting Bill on his final procession to the cemetery. From the bottom of our broken hearts, thank you.

All of us who live in Western All of us who live in Western New York hear story upon story about the generosity and kindness of this great community. We were able to experience this outpouring of care and compassion first hand and although it was in the most tragic of circumstances, it provides us with great comfort to know that so many were and continue to think and pray for Bill and our family and for that we will be forever grateful.


Bill Sager, Sr.

Erika Webster