Fallen Police Officer Honored

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM EDT

By WKBW News

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) A permanent sign will now hang at the corner of Chippewa and Georgia Street in Buffalo honoring the life of police officer Patty Parete, who died after being shot while on duty.

"But we are not here solely to remark on the way she died. We are here to celebrate the manner in which she lived her life, defining the term hero and showing us all what it means to wear the badge," Mike Ciulla of the Badge of Honor Association said.

Dozens of local officers as well as community members were on hand for the unveiling Friday morning.

Parete was shot in December of 2006 while responding to a call. The bullet lodged in her spine, paralyzing her. Officer Parete died in February of last year.

"What started out as probably a routine call didn't end so routine that night. She's a hero, and she'll be remembered by this department, by her family, she is truly missed," Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.

The sign was hung by the Badge of Honor Association, a group dedicated to raising money in honor of fallen comrades and their families across Western and Central New York.

"We want people to never forget that police officers are out here doing things, going places that people do not want to go, being in situations that others would never do. That's what our job is. That's what we're out here to do, to protect this community. And unfortunately sometimes, in Patty's situation, they don't get to go home to their families," Justin Collins of the Badge of Honor Association said.

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