Updated: 09/05/2014 12:43 PM
Created: 09/05/2014 8:10 AM WHEC.com
Dozens of police officers started their Friday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Brighton. Throughout the mass, they listened to inspirational words from the Bishop to calm them during this emotional time.
Joe Morabito of the Rochester Police Department said, “It’s tough. A lot of thoughts go through your mind, a lot of emotions. It’s the first start of the healing process and it’s gonna be a long healing process.”
Public Safety Officers in the Rochester area have been trying to heal the past few days and cope with the loss of their beloved fellow officer, Daryl Pierson.
“It’s just a sense of loss. We know the job we do. We understand the danger. But you’re never prepared to have this happen,” said Lieutenant Michael DiGiovanni of the Irondequoit Police Department.
Morabito said, “It’s a tough situation. We have to be strong, especially the leadership of the RPD.”
Rochester and Brighton Police officers came to reflect alongside firefighters on Friday morning.
“We’re brothers in a very similar fight,” said Edward Kuppinger of the Rochester Fire Department. “To protect the citizens wherever we are – be it in Rochester, across the state, across the nation and when one of us falls, we all for a bit of pain.”
Everyone in attendance listened closely to Rochester Bishop Salvatore Matano.
“Mrs. Pierson and the children, they now have to continue on. These will be very hard days, months and years for them and we can’t forget them,” said Bishop Matano.
Morabito said he left the mass feeling comforted. “Very good. Very good feeling walking out,” he said.