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May 30, 2013

Retiring Falls Det. Patrick Stack lived life on the streets


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"I even executed a (drug) search warrant on the house I grew up in," Stack said. "Cleveland Avenue and 18th (Street). I remember it."

Just over seven years ago, Stack moved from NID to the Falls Police Criminal Investigations Division. It's the bureau that investigates all major crimes other than drugs.

There he was reunited with another long-time narcotics detective, Jim Galie, and a former narcotics lieutenant, Ernest Palmer.

"He was a really special kind of investigator," Palmer said. "He was my go to guy to find people. I'd send him and Jimmie Galie out to find someone and they'd always come back with them."

Stack said the move to CID made sense, at the time.

"I thought some of the younger guys in NID should get the chance they needed," Stack said. "And NID had moved to more (long-term) wiretap investigations and I wanted to be on the streets."

The veteran narcotics investigator said he never regretted his decision to move to the criminal bureau. 

"It was absolutely the right decision," he said. "I got to work with Ernie (Palmer) and Capt. (William) Thomson and I learned so much from them."

Those who know Stack best said he flourished as a criminal detective because of his ability to talk to people. 

"I like interviews, I like to talk to people," Stack said. "My thing was to catch (the criminal). I tried to find out why (a crime happened) and then go get the guy who did it."

Palmer said Stack had a knack for dealing with criminal suspects.

"He certainly had a skill in communications, he could get the truth out of people," Palmer said. "But also had a compassion, both for the victims of crime and the suspects. He made sure they were treated fairly. People he arrested would come up to him on the street and shake his hand."

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