This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined with the Rochester Police Department, community members in Rochester and Monroe County and across the nation in mourning the loss of Rochester Police Department officer Daryl Pierson. Officer Pierson was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 3rd after chasing a suspect following a traffic stop. Officer Pierson is survived by his wife Amy and their two children.
At his funeral at the Rochester War Memorial, thousands attended to celebrate Officer Pierson’s life and remember him. Officer Pierson was eulogized by Lieutenant Governor of New York Bob Duffy, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, Lt. Eric Paul of the RPD Tactical Unit, Sergeant Steven Kennedy of the RPD Tactical Unit, RPD Chaplin Don Wollschleger, Officer Pierson’s brother Brett Pierson, his wife Amy and his father in law, Reverend Mitch Evans.
In their eulogies, Lt. Governor Duffy stated “It’s not how Daryl Pierson lost his life that made him a hero,” Duffy said. “It’s how he lived his life,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated “He was a man of dedication, faith, great love and compassion, a man who worked daily to eradicate this city of illegal weapons and dangerous criminals, and that dedication sadly brings us to this moment. Officer Daryl Pierson will be celebrated and remembered forever.” And Lt. Paul stated of his officer, “Daryl fought, he got up after he got shot with assistance from other officers. He climbed in the back of that police car. When they couldn’t get him in, he reached out and grabbed that cage and pulled himself in. He was fighting. He wasn’t giving up.”
Senator Joe Robach stands with the men and women of law enforcement in Rochester and across Monroe County and will always remember the sacrifice of those who give the ultimate price for the safety of their community.