Hundreds Attend Funeral for Buffalo Police Officer

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

...
February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM EDT

BUFFAO, N.Y. (WKBW) Officials estimate that over 700 people gathered at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo for the funeral of Buffalo Police Officer Patricia Parete.

Parete died on Saturday February 2nd from complications caused by a gunshot wound six-years ago.

In December 2006, a teenage gunman shot both Officer Parete and her partner, Officer Carl Andolina, multiple times as they responded to a call on West Chippewa Street in Buffalo.

Officer Andolina survived the shooting, but Patricia Parete was left paralyzed from the neck down after a bullet caused spinal injuries.

The Erie County Medical Examiners Office is now listing Officer Parete's cause of death as a homicide.

During the funeral procession, the Erie County Sheriff's Air One Helicopter flew above the hearst carrying the deceased officer's body.

As it headed toward the church, the procession passed underneath a gigantic American flag that had been suspended from two Buffalo Fire Department ladder trucks.

Several hundred police officers from Western New York, and across the nation, packed the church, while many stood silently outside as bagpipes played and a special Police detail fired a 21-gun salute.

"The law enforcement community is a close community and you become a family. This is her extended family seeing her off, and celebrating her career as a law enforcement officer," said H. McCarthy Gipson, the former Buffalo Police Commissioner.

Patricia Parete, also known as 'Patty,' was 48 years old when she died and under the care of Hospice Buffalo, Inc.