NYPD officer Anastasios Tsukos funeral, killed during duty

Greenlawn, Suffolk County (WABC)-A funeral is being held today in Greenlawn, Suffolk County for NYPD police officer Anastasias Tsakos, who was beaten and killed while working in Queens last week.

Following Monday’s awakening, which lasted for hours and attracted thousands of mourners, it was the second day of service in honor of the corrupt police officers.

Friends, family and colleagues all appeared in the rain to pay homage.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also visited Suffolk County, where Tsakos officers lived.

A woman who says police ran into a veteran highway patrolman on the Queens Long Island Highway last week faces more than 12 criminal charges.

But justice does not bring back this beloved officer, who was his two husbands and father.

“It’s difficult,” said family friend Kelly Fokianos. “I think they aim to be as strong as possible and are just focused on being strong for their families.”

“He loved his wife, Irene and his children, and of course his brother and his parents from Greece,” said New York Police Department Lieutenant John Papas. “The whole family has been devastated. Anyone who knew him has been devastated.”

More people are expected for today’s funeral, including Police Secretary Dermot Shea. Mayor De Blasio will also return to Japan and give a lecture on the service scheduled to start at 10 am.

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Thousands of applicants attended Monday to awaken New York Police Department police officer Anastasias Tsakos, who was killed on duty after being beaten on the Long Island highway on suspicion of drunk driving last week.

The viewing will take place at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Palaskevi at Shrine Place 1 in Greenlawn, with a funeral on Tuesday at 10 am.

“He was one of the best of us and a perfect gentleman,” said New York Police Department Lieutenant John Papas, who worked with Tsacos. “He never asked for recognition. He was always there to help people.”

GoFundMe for families has raised over $ 200,000, while another fundraising activity for police and military families, founded by Fund the Finest, has raised over $ 80,000. The tunnel to the Towers Foundation also announced that it would repay the mortgage on the family home.

When Tsakos’s body arrived at the church, dozens of police officers lined up to salute. Local residents also arrived early to support their families.

“We support blue, heart and soul,” said Priscilla Yahie, who lives in Huntington. “My husband is a Navy veteran and it is very very important that we show our support.”

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Kelly Fokianos also stood outside the church. Her husband worked with Officer Tsakos on Highway 3.

“They are dying every day, and this could have happened to anyone,” Fokianos said in tears.

Tsacos, a 14-year veteran of the unit, left behind a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son, wife Irene. His parents live in Greece and are on Long Island for service.

“I think it’s a horrific tragedy,” said Gary Langer, who lives in Huntington.

Tsakos was diverting his car from the freeway after a fatal accident before being attacked by 32-year-old Jessica Beauvais. Police say Jessica Beauvais admitted to drinking wine, vodka and tequila before squeezing the steering wheel.

“He doesn’t deserve this,” brother Teddy Tsakos told Eyewitness News last week. “He just bought a house. He was starting his life. He was doing well. Everything was shortened. That’s it.”

Beauvais is currently facing 13 criminal accusations and made both a confession and an apology when he left the police station.

“I’m sorry,” she said in tears. “I apologize for hitting him and for his death.”

Those who knew the policeman were stunned by the news.

“I can’t believe it,” said his neighbor Ruth Mandela. “It’s shocking. I’ve been crying since I heard it.”

Tsacos and his family have just moved to the neighborhood of East Northport and immediately impressed their neighbors.

“Family, the most friendly and hard-working person you’ll want to meet,” said neighbor Moira Brech.

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