GREENLAWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A funeral was held Tuesday for NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos, a 14-year veteran and father of two killed in the line of duty last week.
As CBS2’s John Dias reported, there was a sea of blue outside the church, embracing the fallen officer’s family. Inside, even more support.
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“All mourning, all in pain, great man and gone,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during the service. “Some people are true heroes. That was Tsakos,”
“Why God certainly knows his plan. We don’t know it, and we want him here,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea added.
So many lives were changed forever when Tsakos was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while directing traffic on the Long Island Expressway. The driver was allegedly under the influence and arrested a short time later.
“Last week during Holy Week, laid down his life, gave up his life,” said Fr. John Vlahos. “His is present in his love for Irene, present in his parents who gave him love of America.”
Loved ones of Anastasios Tsakos are starting to show up for his funeral. Officers are standing in line to great them. Funeral starts at 10am @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/FJuP8OC8Em
— John Dias (@JohnBDias) May 4, 2021
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His parents and other family members flew in from Greece to show love and support for his 6-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and wife Irene. The family had just moved to East Northport last year.
“She was very strong by distraught at the same time,” former Congressman Peter King said after meeting with them. “Family seemed shattered.”
Tsakos was part of the Highway Division, and both his work and personal motorcycles were transported to the service.
Retired narcotics officer Jamie Cabano, of Oakdale, didn’t know Tsakos but felt compelled to bring her two sons, who want to be police officers when they grow up.
“You can’t teach this lesson of honor and respect. They have to see it firsthand, unfortunately as it may be,” she said. “We are a family of blue, we all bleed blue.”
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Commissioner Shea posthumously promoted Tsakos to the rank of detective during the ceremony.