Updated: 09/04/2014 5:59 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 4:56 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
We're learning more about the Rochester Police officer shot and killed Wednesday night. It’s been a tough 24 hours for family, fellow officers and friends of Daryl Pierson. Pierson had just celebrated eight years on the job.
This afternoon, we spoke with a woman who started her career with Daryl Pierson.
While the news of Pierson’s death is heart breaking for so many that knew him, it is also showing the strength of the law enforcement community
“My heart sunk and I actually went up last night to Rochester General Hospital where I was met by several of my other police academy classmates to share my condolences with them.” Renee Fischer met Daryl Pierson when they went through the police academy together. With a heavy heart today Fischer was able to smile remembering what kind of man Pierson was. “I saw a great light. He was very optimistic. He was very proactive, very proud to do this job.”
Even those who never met Pierson have him on their minds today. The law enforcement community is a brotherhood, which supports each other and today morns together.
At a news conference today, President of the Rochester Locust Club Mike Mazzeo said, “Our heart is heavy, we've lost a brother, we are close to that family and this is difficult for all of us.”
Agencies all over our area are reaching out to send their support to their brothers and sisters in the Rochester Police Department.
Fischer says she will look back at pictures of Pierson and remember the memories they share and the passion he had for life, his family and his career. “I always thought of Daryl as he had this tough exterior but he was a really a sweet guy on the inside. He really loved doing police work he loved serving his community and there was a pride and positive energy that he spread among a lot of people and he will surely be missed.”