Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda reports that Officer Patricia A. “Patty” Parete, 48, died of medical complications resulting from a gunshot wound she sustained on December 5, 2006.  She died Saturday morning shortly after 2:00 a.m. 

Parete’s injury resulted from her response to a fight in progress call at a local Mini-Mart convenience store near Elmwood Avenue and Chippewa Street.  As she and her partner, Officer Carl Andolina, confronted one of the teenaged subjects, the subject produced a weapon and shot both officers in the face.  Parete sustained a spinal injury that paralyzed her from the neck down.  Officer Andolina recovered from his gunshot wounds and returned to full duty.

The Buffalo community held numerous benefits and fund raising activities on her behalf enabling the community to build her a new wheelchair-accessible home following her release from the rehabilitation center. 

Buffalo Police Lt. James Panus, PBA President advised that he had recently visited Officer Parete and found her in good spirits.  Despite being angered by the events that led to her injury, she still was full of spirit and hope for a full recovery and return to active duty. Her assailant, Varner Harris, is serving 30 years in prison.

Officer Patricia A. Parete, gone but never forgotten.  EOW: Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Image created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

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