In part two of Michael Bennyâ??s exclusive interview with Bill Cregg, the man who was first on the scene of the Clay carjacking, rape, and murder says the first responders are selfless heroes.
Bill Cregg was breaking the law - and you will probably agree it is a good thing he was. He was on his cell phone talking with his business partner as he drove down Verplank Road in Clay on the night of March 14. The phone was handy, and would become a critical part of the night ahead.
Cregg, the owner of a commercial roofing company and an Army veteran, would start dialing 911 even before his business partner could hang up.
He noticed a young girl on the side of the road and that was the first moment anyone noticed the heinous crimes of carjacking, kidnapping, rape and murder that were committed against Lori Bresnahan and a 10-year-old girl.
Bresnahan, a librarian in Liverpool was stabbed to death, and the child raped.
(Click here to watch part one of Michael Bennyâ??s exclusive interview with Cregg as he recount his involvement in the events of that night.)
After his 911 call for help, Cregg stayed on the phone with dispatchers as he offered comfort to a gravely wounded Bresnahan and stayed with the child as she gave critical information about suspect David Renz, ultimately leading to his capture.
As officers and paramedics arrived on Verplank Road, Cregg was impressed with their professionalism.
"They were all amazing and professional and I want to personally thank them for all that they did. They are my heroes that night," Cregg told CBS 5's Michael Benny.
State Police Trooper Jeff Cicora was among those who most impressed Cregg. "The way he approached the scene, the assessment he did and then he ultimately led the hunt in the woods that flushed out David Renz," Cregg recounted.
Renz is charged with multiple crimes related to that night and could face the death penalty if federal prosecutors move to re-indict him.
Most of those responding to the call for help that night were volunteers.
"The volunteers from Moyers Corners, I mean most of those men and women were probably at home that evening, maybe they had just tucked their children into bed and then they are called to this scene, they are the definition of selfless," Cregg said.
From the moment he pulled off to the side of Verplank Road Bill Cregg took ownership of the care for the young victim.
Cregg said the first police officer who arrived, "told me to stay with the girl, and I'm thinking to myself there is no way I'm leaving this child. She and I, in that small amount of time, formed a trust bond. I didn't want to leave her and she didn't want me to leave her side."
Family members of Bresnahan were made aware of this interview. There is one family sanctioned fund for the young victim in this case.
If you are interested in donating, this is the fund:
Bresnahan Family Benefit Fund
C/O Community Bank NA
5966 State Route 31
Cicero, NY 13039
Michael Benny's exclusive series of reports on this continue this week:
Watch Part 1: That Awful Night â??Man first on scene of Clay horrors told young victim 'I'm a friend, and more friends are coming'
Watch Part 3: Taking Action - Man first on scene of Clay horrors says 'someone fell asleep when it comes to Lori Bresnahan and the little girl'