Paso Robles Police Officer Deanna Mete, described by her colleagues as one of the department’s most beloved employees, died Tuesday as a result of breast cancer.
Mete, 40, an Atascadero wife and mother, began her career with the Paso Robles Police Department as a part-time assistant dispatcher in July 2004 and was brought on full time in November 2004. In June 2010, she began working full time as an officer.
“She did not hesitate to let everyone know of her lifelong dream to become a police officer, and she worked hard every day toward achieving this goal," Sgt. David Bouffard said in a statement.
In late 2007, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and recovered with treatment. She ran in the Wildflower Triathlon shortly after.
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The cancer returned in August.
”Deanna will be remembered for her courageous spirit, dynamic personality, and the positive impact she had on everyone she met,” Bouffard said.
“She is an inspiration to us all, and she will be missed.”
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 820 Creston Road in Paso Robles.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Breast Cancer Society, 6859 E. Rembrandt Ave. #128, Mesa, AZ 85212, (480) 284-4014; or online at www.breastcancersociety.org.