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Procession held for Monroe police officer killed in motorcycle wreck

Perrette (Courtesy: City of Monroe) Perrette (Courtesy: City of Monroe)
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A procession was held Thursday morning for a Monroe Police Department officer who was killed in a wreck Saturday afternoon. 

According to a spokesperson with the city of Monroe, 49-year-old Paul Perrette was killed in a motorcycle wreck in Cherokee, North Carolina. Perrette worked as a resource officer at Monroe High School. 

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Monroe police delivered Perette to Lee Park Baptist Church on Morgan Mill Road around 10 a.m. with the police procession starting at Davis Funeral Home, located on East Franklin Street. 

Perrette had been a member of the Monroe Police Department since January 2009 and worked at Monroe High School as a resource officer for the past three years, the spokesperson said. 

Many Monroe High School students were expected to be at the procession. 

The spokesperson said Perrette received "commendations both internally from the Police Department as well as from civic groups in the community."

"This is a heartbreaking loss for our department, the students at Monroe High School and our residents," Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said. "Paul was a very well-respected and well-liked member of our department and community and we are all just devastated at this time.”

The principal at Monroe High School, Dr. Mike Harvey, said "his students truly loved "Pauly."" The principal opened the high school Sunday morning around 8:30 a.m. to allow students and residents of the community to "come together to remember and honor Paul."

Perrette had a wife and two children.

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