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‘Pit,’ Canine Namesake, Joins Parisian’s Partner

‘Pit,’ Canine Namesake,

Joins Parisian’s Partner

Trooper Has Run In 25 Of Race’s 26 Years

Sid Parisian, brother of Ricky Parisian, the trooper killed trying to foil a 1994 heist at the Southside Oneonta Grand Union, prepares to start runners in the 26th annual “Pit” Run at Main and River streets this past Sunday, Oct. 6. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Ricky Parisian’s wife Deb chats with Trooper Caicedo and his new terrier, Pit.

ONEONTA – State Investigator Sales Caicedo and Trooper Ricky “Pit” Parisian, partners for four years, spent their shift on May 20, 1994, doing surveillance on an organized crime organization outside New York City.

After the shift, the two officers headed up Route 17.  Caicedo was headed to Buffalo; Parisian took Exit 94, bound for Oneonta.

“As he was getting close to his exit, he got on the radio and said ‘See you Monday’,” said Caicedo, who was in Oneonta Sunday, Oct. 6, for the 26th annual Pit Run in his partner’s honor.

But by the time Caicedo got to Buffalo, he had “10 or 15 missed calls” on his pager. When he called his station, he learned Trooper Parisian had been shot and killed trying to foil an armed robbery at the Great American on Southside.

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