RPD officer Daryl Pierson remembered 5 years after death

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Tuesday marks five years since Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson was killed in the line of duty.

Pierson was shot and killed on September 3, 2014, while chasing a suspect on Hudson Avenue.

Officer Pierson was the first Rochester police officer to die in the line of duty to a shooting since 1959. 

Although five years have passed, some RPD officers remember Pierson’s murder like it just happened.

Father Don Wollschleger is a patrol chaplain for the RPD and he rode along with Pierson on the job often. He says they developed a great friendship over the years. Father Don anointed him and have him his last rights the night he died. He says the loss still hurts.

“He was a good guy, he had a code of ethics that he lived by, he was a man of integrity, a man of honor,” Father Don said. “Even on the job, when people weren’t looking, he still did the right thing even if it would’ve been easier to do something else.”

Every year, Father Don holds a memorial service around this time to honor officer Pierson. This year’s will be held September 13.

The man convicted in the fatal shooting, Thomas Johnson III, was sentenced to life in prison without parole back in 2015.

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