Updated: 09/05/2014 8:37 AM
Created: 09/04/2014 11:33 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
A memorial for Officer Daryl Pierson is growing at the Public Safety Building. People who knew him say Pierson not only succeeded as a Police officer, but worked hard at excelling in his person life and was a great person and devoted family man.
When Brighton Police Officer Renee Fischer heard that Pierson had been shot, she said, “My heart sunk.” She and Pierson were in the Police Academy’s Graduating Class #46.
Fischer had no doubt her platoon member would do well.
"I always thought of Daryl as he had this tough exterior but he was a really 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," Fischer said.
That sentiment is shared by many of the people we spoke with.
Pierson was a 1999 East Rochester grad. On Thursday, the flag at East Rochester District Offices flew at half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.
Mike Romach, East Rochester’s Fire Chief and a 14-year veteran with the Brighton Police Department, knew Pierson growing up. He said Pierson was very athletic and dedicated to his football program. He was also on the wrestling team and played baseball.
Romach said few words can describe this loss. He said, “I have several different connections to this loss. From a perspective of growing up, to my career as a police officer, as well as other family members. Everybody knew Daryl and it’s hard.”
Pierson worked at one of the local stores in East Rochester. The owner didn’t want to appear on camera, but described Pierson as a fine young man and a hard worker.