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Mayor Byron W. Brown
Commissioner Daniel Derenda
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Press Release: Apr-04-2014

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Badge of Honor Society Honors Officer Parete

The Badge of Honor Association in an effort to memorialize fallen officers across the state dedicated an End of Watch sign in honor of Buffalo Police Officer Patricia “Patty” Parete, the first of 75 signs just to recognize fallen officers from 16 different departments in Western and Central New York.
On December 5, 2006, while responding to a fight call with her partner Carl Andolina, Patty and Carl were shot multiple times, at the intersection of West Chippewa and Whitney Place near Georgia. Both officers were seriously wounded and the suspect was apprehended at the scene. As a result of injuries to her spine, Officer Parete was paralyzed from the neck down.
Officer Parete spent nine months in rehabilitation center in New Jersey before returning to Western New York, where she continued to live under the care of her family for six years.
On February 2, 2013, at the age of 48, Officer Parete succumbed to the injuries she sustained that fateful night. Since 1865, 47 Buffalo Police officers have been killed in the line of duty.
On Friday, April 4, 2014 the Badge of Honor association along with Buffalo Police, Buffalo Honor Guard, dignitaries, friends and family gathered to unveil the sign dedicated to Officer Parete.