Friends Remembered: Michael D. Croft

Michael D. Croft

Carnegie Hero Michael D. Croft, 77, of Cheektowaga, New York, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022.

Croft was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1986 after he rescued an 84-year-old man from a burning home. Then a 40-year-old off-duty police officer, Croft ran to his neighbor’s burning house. Despite dense smoke which limited his visibility, Croft entered the home, found the man who was semi-conscious on the floor and dragged him from the home.

Croft served the Buffalo, New York, police department for 25 years. He was a Senior Knight (Third Degree) with the father Justin Knights of Columbus.

Croft was survived by his wife of 52 years, Anne (DiVincenzo); children Sean M. Croft, Kaitlin Strollo, and Tim Drake; grandchildren, Kayla, Lilliana, Emma, Jackson, Leyna, Jameson, Anna, and Garrett; sister Patricia Frankenberger; brothers Robert and Daniel Croft; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brother James Croft.