The Norman Transcript


September 1, 2013

Maisano family turning tragedy into something positive



Maisano said the murder felt like a terrorist act against his family and all of their friends — so many people were affected by the violence of Sara’s death.

“We’ll never see her have grandkids and we’ll never see her raise her family,” he said. “We’ll never be back to normal —we’ve got to find a new type of normal, now, without her.”

As an officer of the law, the death of his daughter was particularly brutal for Maisano.

“That was one of my hardest things to deal with in this,” he said. “I’ve spent close to 30 years here trying to protect people from things like this. And then this type of action happens to my family.”

Maisano said he’s had to deal emotionally with the fact that he couldn’t protect Sara.

“She didn’t go down there with the intent to get killed,” he said. “She went down there to be with a friend of hers from work.”

The Maisano family is hoping that doing something positive in Sara’s memory will bring healing while also giving back to the Norman community in a way Sara would have liked.

“We would welcome any donations from others who share Sara’s love for the care and well-being of animals housed in the Animal Welfare Center,” Maisano said. “All donations, $20, $50, $100 or more, adds together quickly to make this project a success which will benefit and assist in adoptions of animals for years to come.”

Maisano is raising the money for the cat porch as a father, not in his position as deputy police chief.

Donations can be mailed to: Norman Animal Welfare Center, Norman Police Department,  201-B West Gray Street, Norman, OK 73069. To ensure that the donation is credited to Sara’s project write “Sara” or “Cat Porch” on the memo line.

Joy Hampton




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