Naugatuck’s first responders are throwing all support behind Danielle Parady, a borough police officer who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
Parady reported to work on Aug. 23 when, while on patrol, she began having a medical emergency, police said. After being rushed to Waterbury Hospital it was determined the 40-year-old single mother of one had an unknown growth in her chest and her brain, which were later tested as a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Naugatuck police said.
Parady, an eight-year veteran in law enforcement and the Naugatuck Exchange Club’s pick for “” in 2010, has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for treatment.
“She’s incurred a lot of costs," said Sgt. Brian Newman. "She’s not at work now and not going to be at work for some time."
The borough’s police and fire departments are now raising money to help Parady as she deals with this debilitating disease.
On Oct. 14 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. there will be a dinner at the Prospect VFW, located at 218 Cheshire Road. Tickets for the event will be $25 and included in this price is pasta, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, soda and water. In addition to food and drinks at the event, we will also be raffling off several prizes.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the police department at 203-729-5221.
All proceeds from the benefit will go to Parady and her daughter.
Parady, a decorated officer, was awarded the Police Officer of the Year by the Naugatuck Exchange Club for her undercover work she did within the borough of Naugatuck. For three years she has also been involved with Concerns Of Police Survivors (COPS), which is an organization that was founded to support the children of police officers who have died in the line of duty.