Posted at: 06/19/2013 5:03 PM
Updated at: 06/19/2013 11:21 PM
Many of Rochester's police officers were born and raised in Rochester. News10NBC has been highlighting those officers as part of a segment called "Home Grown Roc Cops". News10NBC Chief Photographer, Todd Hayes got a chance to ride along with Officer Paul Dondorfer.
Dondorfer served in New York City during 9/11 and was in the car with Rochester Police Officer Anthony DiPonzio when he was shot.
So what has motivated him to keep serving the community he grew up in?
"It's an honor to work where I was raised. I currently work in a car beat that covers the street I grew up on. I frequently go to the area and show a police presence there. It's great to see people I grew up with and their families that still live in the area," said Dondorfer. "I grew up on Collingwood Drive which is located across from the Seneca Park Zoo. I currently live a few miles away from where I grew up, still in the city," said Dondorfer.
He talks about one of the first times he encountered a police officer.
"When I was a young boy, I had my bike stolen out of my garage. We called the police and an officer responded to my house to take a report. I remember him sitting down with me at my dining room table and taking down all the information I had about the bike and explaining to me how difficult it is to have something taken and how he was going to look for it as he was driving around."
Most recently, Officer Dondorfer was one of the officers who helped to pull two children from Florida when they fell into the Erie Canal.
Dondorfer still lives, works, and plays in Rochester.
"I enjoy working in my yard and spending time with my family. I have godchildren so I like to go see them and their sporting events. I also spend time with friends both from the job and that are not police officers. I also partake in sports. I play softball and kickball," said Dondorfer.