Fighting to Honor a Fallen Officer

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 7:50 AM EDT


June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 7:50 AM EDT

Lockport, N.Y. (WKBW) - The fight to have what is now called the Roger Avenue Park in Lockport renamed for fallen Officer Patty Parete has not been easy. Friends and family have already had to jump through hoops and still Lockport leaders are not giving it the green light.

Officer Parete died last February after being shot. She was first paralyzed and then did not survive her injuries. Those who knew her said renaming the park is a small gesture to honor her sacrifice. The Lockport City Council has denied that request because they said they do not have a procedure in place to make that kind of change.

Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker said they are working together to try and strike a compromise.

"We do want to honor Patty in some way. It may not be Rogers Avenue Park or maybe at the end of the day it is but the council wants to set a policy first," Tucker said.

The friends of Parete said they will go all the way to the Governor to fight for this change that they said the officer deserves.

Supporters will be heading to the Lockport Common Council meeting Wednesday night to rally for the request. That meeting will take place at 6 p.m. and it will be held at the Lockport Municipal building at One Locks Plaza.