‘Fight For Seeley Scholarship Fund’ Established

Fight For Seeley Committee members Scott Shaw, close friend, and Nicole Seeley, wife of Deputy Michael Seeley, sign paperwork establishing the "Fight For Seeley Scholarship Fund" with Tory Irgang, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director. Submitted photo

Those who knew Michael Seeley, a sheriff’s deputy, EMT and volunteer firefighter, said he lived his life to serve and help others in any way that he could. Honoring Seeley’s service to the community and commitment to others, his family and friends have established the “Fight For Seeley Scholarship Fund” at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

“Michael was a man who dedicated his life not only to me, his children, family, and friends, but to the community in which he lived,” said Seeley’s wife, Nicole Seeley.

Seeley served as a deputy with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for over 16 years and was a longtime member of the Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT. He devoted his professional career and personal time serving our community and helping others when they were most in need.

Following Seeley’s passing in February, family and friends wish to honor the legacy of the hometown hero through the Fight For Seeley Scholarship Fund. Annually, this fund will provide financial assistance to local students attending college who illustrate good character, integrity, kindness and community involvement, with priority given to a student pursuing a career in criminal justice.

Committee members will be hosting a Fight For Seeley Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 6, from noon-4 p.m. at the Lakewood American Legion. A motorcycle dice run will take place at 9:30 a.m. with prizes for first, second and third top scores. The event will feature a chicken barbecue with live music, raffles and a Chinese Auction. Free delivery for meals will be offered for on duty law enforcement, fire departments, EMS and healthcare personnel in Chautauqua County.

For more information on the event visit the Fight For Seeley Scholarship Fundraiser event page on Facebook.

To support the scholarship fund contact the Community Foundation at 661-3390 or crcfonline.org.