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May 6, 1946 – Feb. 20, 2013

Former Kenmore Police Chief Carl J. LaCorte, a 44-year veteran with the village Police Department before his retirement Nov. 19, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 66.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Neumann Catholic High School.

Mr. LaCorte started his career as a patrolman with Kenmore police in 1968 and was promoted to detective in 1972.

He became a lieutenant in the department in 1977 and was promoted to captain in 1984. In 1977, Mr. LaCorte became the department’s Juvenile Bureau captain.

In 1997, he was promoted to assistant chief of police under Chief Samuel A. Camilleri Jr., whom Mr. LaCorte succeeded on July 24, 2006.

In an Oct. 25, 2009 Buffalo News “Spotlight” question-and-answer session, Mr. LaCorte was described by News Staff Reporter Jane Kwiatkowski as “techno-savvy and proud of his service to a community known for its strict enforcement of the laws.”

“It’s strict enforcement that results in a safer place for our residents,” said LaCorte.

“We know it keeps the bad guys from returning. You’re not going to get warned, you’ll get arrested. I don’t want bums hanging around. The mayor put it best when we won our ‘Ten Best Neighborhood’ award: ‘We take no prisoners,’ ” he added.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Martha E. Berger; a daughter, Michele Bechtel; a son, Joseph; two stepdaughters, Jessica and Jennifer Dippel; and two brothers, Joseph and Ciro.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Amherst Chapel of Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive near Hopkins Road, Amherst.