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May 30, 2013

Retiring Falls Det. Patrick Stack lived life on the streets

Niagara Gazette — He's had a rifle put to his head during a drug buy and a "hit" placed on him and his family.

He's also investigated some of the city's bloodiest homicides.

For Falls Police Detective Patrick Stack, the last 25 years have been interesting to say the least.

But now, Stack says it's time for him to move in a new direction and, on Thursday, he closed out his law enforcement career. His wife says she wasn't entirely surprised by his decision.

"The last two years, he's talked about leaving," Cathi Stack said. "And I think the last year, with the death of the little girl (Isabella Tennant) and some other (cases), it was pretty action packed and was packed with some pretty sad stuff."

Stack has spent virtually his entire career where the action was. Unlike most cops, who come out of the police academy and spend time working their way up the ranks in the patrol division, Stack went directly to a spot in what is now the Narcotics Investigations Division.

After three months there, doing pornography investigations, Stack spent two months as a patrol officer and three months as a Traffic Division officer. Before completing his first year on the job, Stack was tapped to join the Niagara County Drug Task Force as an investigator.

"They picked me up in the task force because they were aware of the porn stuff I had done and they were looking for someone young who could get into places," Stack recalled. "Crack had just hit (the Falls) and (crack investigations are) what I did. I was in the right place at the right time."

Stack was paired with Niagara County Sheriff's Investigator Tony Evans. Together they formed a dynamic duo, working on a task force that in one year executed more than 1,000 search warrants and racked up more than 2,300 arrests.

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