Niagara Gazette — At Wednesday's service, Mayor Byron Brown said the shooting that occurred near the end of his first year in office "served to remind us that police work isn't just another job but a higher calling."
To Parete's friends and relatives, the mayor said: "The entire Buffalo community also feels the pain."
Parete, 48, had been a police officer since 2001.
"Patty was a breath of fresh air in the platoon," Officer Daniel Meegan said, smiling at the memory of her making things up about her co-workers on the computer. "She had quite a sense of humor."
"The job was going good. We were all getting along and enjoying each other. Then came Dec. 5," Meegan said. For weeks after the shooting, police officers kept vigil at the hospital and prayed for a miracle, he said.
Then "the hope of that miracle started to fade," Meegan said. A benefit for Parete raised more than a half million dollars and a new wheelchair-accessible house was built for her and her life partner and caregiver at the time.