Buffalo Police Department
In December 2006, Officer Carl Andolina, responding to a fight in progress at a convenience store, faced the ultimate nightmare scenario for a law enforcement officer. The veteran officer and his partner Officer Patricia Parete, approached a suspect pointed out by the store clerk. Little did they know that this individual was a violent convicted felon who was on parole. The two officers approached the suspect who waited until they were literally inches away before he began firing his weapon. Two rounds struck Officer Parete - - shattering her jaw bone and lodging in her spine. Officer Andolina acted quickly - - he grabbed the suspect's gun and was shot. Without regard for his personal safety and with a bullet in his neck, Andolina wrestled the shooter to the ground, subduing him until help arrived. Andolina is recovering from his injuries while his partner was not so fortunate. Today, Officer Parete remains on a respirator undergoing a slow recovery. Andolina's selfless actions are still evident as he assists in raising money and providing support for Parete's family. Buffalo Police Lieutenant, Danny Williams, commented "both officers were two young good cops. Carl's first response was 'how is my partner."