In Memory of Officer Deanna Marie Mete
The Paso Robles Police Department family has suffered the loss of one of our most beloved employees, Police Officer Deanna Marie Mete #4191.
Deanna Mete began her career in public safety with the PRPD as a part-time assistant Dispatcher on July 5, 2004. 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.
Deanna was hired as a full-time Dispatcher on November 28, 2004, and as with all of her other assignments, she shined in this role too. In late 2007, Deanna was selected by the Police Department to attend the Basic Police Academy at Alan Hancock College as a sponsored Cadet, but this opportunity had to be put on hold when she was diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks of the academy start date. Deanna attacked her fight against cancer with the same strength, vigor and positive outlook she brings to everything else in her life. She made a quick and seemingly full recovery, running the Wildflower Triathalon within weeks after her final rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.
Deanna attended the very next Police Academy as a sponsored PRPD Cadet and graduated on December 19, 2008, ranked #1 in academics and report writing. Deanna transitioned into her Police Officer role slowly due to budget constraints, training only one day per week while continuing in her Dispatcher role. Finally, on June 13, 2010, Deanna began working full-time as a PRPD Police Officer. She excelled in her field training program and was on her way to a stellar career when her body was again stricken by cancer in August of this year. It had metastasized into Carcinomatous Meningitis, settling in the spinal fluid and on the lining of the brain.
Deanna fought this battle with courage and grace, but unfortunately, her body could not continue. On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, she passed away quietly at her home in Atascadero, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Deanna will be remembered for her courageous spirit, dynamic personality, and the positive impact she had on everyone she met. She is an inspiration to us all, and she will be missed.
Deanna is survived by her loving husband, Mark; her beloved children Sarah and Riley; her parents, Tom and Barbara; and sisters, Karen and Jennifer.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Those who would like to honor Deanna's memory are encouraged to consider making a donation in Deanna's name to the American Cancer Society.