A Monroe High School resource officer and eight-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department died Saturday in a motorcycle accident near Cherokee, authorities said.
Officer Paul Perrette, 49, had been a Monroe officer since 2009 and a school resource officer for the past three years. Details of the accident are still being gathered, a spokesman for the city of Monroe said in a statement late Saturday.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for our department, the students at Monroe High School and our residents,” said Police Chief Bryan Gilliard. “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 will open the school at 8:30 a.m. Sunday “for students and the community to come together and honor Paul,” said the statement from the city.
“We are all praying for the family as they try to come to grips with horrible loss,” said Gilliard. “We are one family right now and we will work together to support one another and get through this.”
Surviving Perrette are his wife, Danielle, and two children, Cory and Nicolette. Funeral information will be announced later.