Pasquale V. Sardina of West Seneca, a retired police detective, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness. He was 56.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sardina joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1968 as a police cadet, working undercover and later becoming a patrolman in what was then Precinct 6.
He moved to the Burglary Task Force and became a detective assigned to the Intelligence/Special Services Division at Police Headquarters on Franklin Street. He was responsible for the protection of dignitaries.
Mr. Sardina retired in 2001 as a detective.
For 25 years, he also served in the New York Army National Guard, retiring in 1998 as a master sergeant.
Mr. Sardina was a member of the Western Association of Retired Police Officers and the Police Benevolent Association.
He had received several honors and awards from the Buffalo Police Department as well as federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Secret Service, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Customs and Immigration services.
In addition, Mr. Sardina received state military commendations for his service with the Army National Guard.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Kathleen Burke of West Seneca; his mother, Vita "Mary" of Cheektowaga; two brothers, Charles Wilson of Williamsville and Francesco of Lancaster; and two sisters, Maria Blackburn of the Town of Tonawanda and Catherine Law of Scio.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Orchard Park. Burial was in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.