People of Perinton remember Officer Mazurkiewicz fondly

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – As the City of Rochester prepares for Monday’s funeral for Officer Tony Mazurkiewicz, residents in Perinton are remembering him.

News10NBC talked to the Perinton Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna to find out what the community is doing for the fallen officer.

Although Mazurkiewicz worked for the City of Rochester, Hanna told News10NBC he also dedicated himself to both Perinton, and Fairport. This is why they’re giving all their support to the Mazurkiewicz family.

"Tony had given, he’d given so much to our community," said Hanna.

People in the Town of Perinton continue to mourn the loss of Mazurkiewicz. He lived here with his family for years. Hanna says the community has come together as one big family.

"We had a family member, our own family member passed away tragically, and we are dealing with the family, and giving them everything that they need," said Hanna.

Since last weekend blue ribbons were tied to trees all over Perinton, and Fairport. People took things a step further as they honor the fallen officer.

"I know that there were blue lights that seemed to be sold out in the local stores. You can drive around town, and see a lot of blue lights, particularly around the Mazurkiewicz home," said Hanna.

He also says the Mazurkiewicz’s are well known in the community. Lynn Mazurkiewicz is a clerk for the town’s Parks Department.

"They have been very supportive. They’ve been there for her over the last several days," said Hanna.

Mazurkiewicz protected the streets of Rochester, but in the town he called home, Hanna says he was always there for his children.

"Any kind of sports programs he would volunteer to help out in all of the things his kids did," said Hanna.

Even those who did not know Mazurkiewicz personally are feeling the loss.

"We need to just step out there and support that family, and again the rest of the community to show that we are there, and we do notice for us day in and, day out." said Doug Sharp.

Hanna also tells me the town of Perinton will put a committee together… to come up with a permanent memorial for officer Mazurkiewicz.