Remembering Officer Patricia "Patty" Parete

February 3, 2013 Updated Feb 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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February 3, 2013 Updated Feb 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - It was a tragic story that touched the hearts of many Western New Yorkers -- the battle of a Buffalo police officer shot in the line of duty is now over.

Officer Patty Parete died in her home early Saturday morning, more than six years after being shot on-duty. She was 48-years-old.

Fellow officers are remembering the brave and courageous woman, who devoted her life to the City of Buffalo.

Lt. James Panus, the President of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, says, "I can't even describe the hurt and the pain that occurs when one of your own -- and one close to you especially, goes down in the line of duty."

Buffalo Police officers are now supporting each other.

Panus says, "Everyday you come into work not knowing what's going to happen. You leave your home and you leave your family and you enter this other world. And you help each other get through it."

In December of 2006, Officer Parete and her partner, Carl Andolina, were shot when responding to a fight at a mini-mart at Chippewa and Elmwood.

Andolina recovered enough to return to work. He has since retired.

The gunfire paralyzed Parete from the waist down. For the last few years, she has needed at-home care.

Top city officials are remembering Parete's service as well.

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says, "We have suffered a tremendous loss, not only to this department, but our city and community as well."

Mayor Byron Brown adds "my thoughts, prayers and wishes are with her and her family at this time.

Panus has this message for Buffalo: "never forget the sacrifice that Patty made. She gave her all."

The man who shot Parete and Andolina is serving life in prison. It is unclear if he can face murder charges now.

Funeral arrangements for Officer Parete have not been announced.