Hero Down: Monroe Police Officer Paul Perrette Killed In Motorcycle Wreck

Cherokee, NC - Monroe Police Officer Paul Perrette, age 49, died on Saturday, August 19, as a result of a motorcycle crash.

He was off-duty at the time. None of the details about the circumstances of the crash have been released.

Officer Perrette was an eight-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department, and had been assigned to Monroe High School as a School Resource Officer for the past three years, according to The Charlotte Observer. Police said that Officer Perrette had received many commendations "both internally from the Police Department as well as from civic groups in the community."

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

Monroe High School Principal Mike Harvey said, “We are all praying for the family as they try to come to grips with horrible loss. We are one family right now and we will work together to support one another and get through this.”

According to his obituary, "he attended meetings at Turning Point once a month speaking with victims and their children. Paul was a member of the Monroe Police Special Response Team, a member of the Monroe Police Field Force Unit, a member of the Blue Horsemen Motorcycle Club and he worked with the Police Explorer Program."

A fundraiser for his family is being held at Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries in Indian Trail on August 26 from 1 PM - 5PM.

Officer Perrette is survived by his wife Danielle, and his two children Cory and Nicolette.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Monroe Police Officer Paul Perrette, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

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