Fallen Officers Remembered During Service in Buffalo

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Dozens of law enforcement officers from police agencies across Western New York gathered in downtown Buffalo for the annual Police Memorial at St. Joseph Cathedral.

Since the late 1800's, over ninety law enforcement personnel have been killed while working in the line of duty.

This year, the area's first female was added to the memorial list.

Buffalo police officer Patty Parete died in February from complications she suffered after being shot by a teenager while responding to a call in December 2006.

Parete's father, Anthony, and her caregiver, Polly Strait, both attended the service.

"It was a big loss because Patty was a wonderful person and loved dearly by everyone . . . friends especially. The support by the City and the police department has been truly amazing," commented Polly Strait.

Officer Parete's memory has also been carried from the 9-11 memorial in New York City to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC.

Buffalo police officer Joe Szafranski joined with the Chapter 37 Police Unity Tour Team to bicycle from New York City to the Nation's Capitol in honor of Patty Parete.

Thousands of people are part of the bike tour each year which starts at the 9-11 memorial.

Officer Szafranski had the honor of announcing Patty Parete's name at the beginning of the race.

It is expected that Patty Parete's name will be inscribed in the National Police Memorial wall next year.