Vandalized fallen officer memorial repaired by good neighbor

Posted at 11:20 PM, May 24, 2018

The memorial for fallen Officer Pat Parete on Whitney Place in Buffalo was repaired on Thursday following the vandalism that occurred last week

"Everybody in the Police Dept., we have a close bond," BPD Captain Amber Beyer said, "We're all part of a family so this upset them."

Officer Parete died in 2013 after sustaining injuries in 2006 when she was shot responding to a fight at a convenience store. Those injuries left her paralyzed from the neck down. The park on Whitney was opened in her memory. 

"It just reminds myself and other officers what a risk it is coming to work" Captain Beyer said. 

This vandalism was not the first time, as Captain Beyer said this is rather common. It forced BPD to search for a better solution which led them to Jamie Wilson, a City of Tonawanda native. 

"I just thought it wasn't right and wanted to do something about it" Wilson said. 

Wilson, a fulltime truck driver and part-time handy man, constructed a new, less destroyable version the memorial for Officer Parete. 

"It's the least I could really do." Wilson said, "They (police officers) are out there protecting Buffalo and the rest of Buffalo N.Y." 

Take WKBW Everywhere, on all your devices.  Download below!

Phone or Tablet: Apple, Android
Set-top Device: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Alexa

Personalize your news, get the latest 7 First Alert Forecast, and watch 7 Eyewitness News video wherever, whenever.

Learn more here about what 7 Eyewitness News provides on all these devices.