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May 30, 2013

Retiring Falls Det. Patrick Stack lived life on the streets


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"It was a good ride," Evans said. "With Pat, it was a lot of energy, high volume, that's how I would describe our relationship. It was good working with him."

As exciting as the work may have been, Stack said it was not without its dangers as well. A native of the Deveaux neighborhood in the Falls, Stack was forced to move out of the city when Rochester Police discovered that a drug gang had targeted him and his family for death.

"Yeah, it was information that came from the Rochester (Police) narcotics squad," Stack said. "They (members of the Rochester drug gang, who had been doing business in the Falls) were going to kill me on Highland Avenue as an example. But if they couldn't get me there, then they were just going to come to my house and hit it."

When gang members were spotted cruising by Stack's home as he was outside with his children, the decision was made to move him out of town. It was a move he didn't want to make.

"I'm a Falls guy," he said. "I grew up here. I love the city."

The gang members who had sanctioned the hit were ultimately arrested, convicted and are still in prison. Yet that wasn't Stack's only close call while working on narcotics investigations. 

"I was making a buy of a pound of cocaine in North Tonawanda and they thought I might be an informant," he said. "They put a rifle to my head and said, 'If anyone gets arrested from this, we're going to kill you first.'"

Stack spent 13 years in the Narcotics Investigations Division after returning from the Drug Task Force. During that time, he has watched a slow and steady decline in many of the city's neighborhoods.

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