We are please to announce the promotion of Nigel Heaton to Assistant State Captain, Regions 1-3.  Nigel has shown his dedication and commitment serving since 2009 on our Board of Directors and as a Ride Captain in Region 2. We thank him for his continued leadership as he steps up to further oversight of our mission in Western and Central NY.  

Nigel joins Bill Schaaf and Jim McElroy in the role of Assistant State Captain.

Bill Schaaf, Regions 4-7

Jim McElroy, Regions 8-9

  • Portrait presentation to Mrs. Sigsbee at Saratoga Nat'l Cemetery 6/5/15 (photo by M. Schuster)
  • Veteran Recovery Program Saratoga Nat'l Cemetery 6/5/15 (photo by M. Schuster)
  • Flag Line at Veteran Recovery Program Saratoga Nat'l Cemetery 6/5/15 (photo by M. Schuster)
  • Gates Keystone Club honored us with their attendance at the 3rd Annual Heroes Run
  • Memorial Bench honoring Capt. Clark at the 3rd Annual Heroes Run (photo by L. Friend)
  • PGR companion, at the 3rd Annual Heroes Run (photo by M. Schuster)
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Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston,
Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany


Senior Ride Captain
Don Higgins


Ride Captains
John Ben jjb1946@aol.com
George Brown n/a
Deborah Johnson debbie.pgr.rider@gmail.com
Kirby Johnson kirby@prioritybiz.com
Ken Lyons kandrlyons@inbox.com
Forrest Rosell forrestrosell@hotmail.com
Robert Servis
Wayne Siminski wayjo699@aim.com
Bob Woodward bobwood2294@gmail.com

Welcome to Western New York, PGRNY Region #1, comprising the 9 most western counties in New York State. 

Recently, due to both media coverage and active membership we have been blessed with many new members.  We also enjoy participation from members from Canada and Pennsylvania. 

Our Region has some very dedicated members who go out of their way to participate.  We hope you find the time to join us in our Mission.  Once you complete a Mission, I think you’ll find the “Thanks” we receive from the Families we serve, enormously rewarding.

Our Help on the Homefront (HOTH) program is a volunteer outreach group providing support to veterans, families of deployed service members, and Gold Star families.
100% of funds designated for the HOTH program are used directly for our heroes and their families.  Click here for more info.

The mission of the Veteran Recovery Program (VRP) is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations; to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country, by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.

PGRNY is an all volunteer 501c3 organization. Donations support our mission of honoring the fallen and Veterans and are tax deductible.

Checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders of NY may be sent to:

P.O. Box 107
Williamson, NY 14589

Or you may donate by credit card or Paypal