BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - December 5, 2006. Just after 9 p.m. Buffalo Police Officers Patricia Parete and Carl Andolina were responding to a fight call from a downtown gas station when a suspect shot them both.
"Officer Andolina is in fair condition. Officer Parete is in critical condition at this moment and is awaiting further treatment in the trauma unit at ECMC," former Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson briefed the media later that night.
Andolina was shot once and managed to apprehend the suspect. Varner Harris, Junior, then 19-years-old, was later convicted and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.
Parete was shot twice. The first bullet struck her vest. The second entered her chin and lodged in her spine. She was paralyzed from the neck down as a result.
After spending ten months at a rehabilitation hospital in New Jersey, Parete returned to Buffalo. During her time in recovery, a massive fundraiser was held in April, 2007 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Through the years, hundreds of people would support Parete, helping to raise money at dozens of events which usually centered around motorcycles.
Parete was an avid motorcycle rider.
"Anything that we can do that involves motorcycles -- makes Patty happy because she absolutely loves it," said her friend, Ro Cieri, at a Lewiston fundraiser in 2009.
Parete's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church on Delaware Avenue at 11:00 a.m.