Updated: 09/04/2014 5:39 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 3:10 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
Officer Daryl Pierson was a 1999 graduate of East Rochester. He grew up in East Rochester, his parents live town and so do his wife and children.
The flag at the school district is at half-staff and an electronic sign explains that the flag has been lowered in honor of Officer Daryl Pierson.
This is a small village and many people knew him. While people are moving about, there is a sadness hovering, people seem to be moving a little slower. When Pierson left high school, he worked at a store in the village. The owner didn’t want to appear on camera, but describes Pierson as a fine young man and a hard worker, who had a smile for everyone he came in contact with.
Mike Romach is the village fire chief and a 14-year veteran with the Brighton Police Department. His brother played football with Pierson. He says he spoke with the officer at length when he was getting ready to go to the police academy. Romach said, “Daryl was a great kid. He was a couple years younger than me in school. My brother played football with him. He had a lot of dedication. He was into sports. He knew what he wanted to do. Right out of high school he went into the military, did some years in the military. When he got out. He knew he wanted to be a cop.”
Romach says he hopes Pierson is remembered as a good person and a dedicated family man.
East Rochester Interim Superintendent Richard Stutzman issued a statement saying, "The Rochester Police Department officer killed last night, Daryl Pierson, is a 1999 graduate of East Rochester High School. His family resides in the district, and his older child started kindergarten here in ER yesterday. We are extremely saddened by this tragic situation, and I am asking that you keep Officer Pierson, his family, and his friends in your thoughts and prayers. If any students, parents, or staff are in need of additional support, our counselors and psychologists are available.”