Slain NYPD Officer Mourned on Long Island
Thousands are expected to pay their respects to the NYPD officer killed last week in Brooklyn.
Family, friends and fellow officers filled a funeral home on Long Island on Saturday to remember Officer Peter Figoski. The veteran cop was killed earlier this week responding to a robbery in Brooklyn. Jonathan Vigliotti reports. (Published Sunday, Dec 18, 2011)
Hundreds of people have paid tribute to a slain New York City police officer at his wake on Long Island.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was among the mourners who filled the Babylon funeral home for the wake of Officer Peter Figoski on Saturday. He said Figoski's family is "heartbroken."
He said Figoski's life appeared to revolve around his four daughters.
The officer lived in West Babylon.
Figoski, 47, was a 22-year veteran of the force. He was shot early Monday responding to an armed robbery in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, where he patrolled the streets for years.
Suspect Lamont Pride allegedly shot Figoski once before the officer could draw his own weapon. He was charged with first-degree murder and four others with him at the robbery were charged with second-degree murder.
Figoski's career included more than 200 arrests and 12 medals — one of them an exceptional merit award for coming under fire in a brush with a man who would later be convicted as the city's Zodiac copycat killer of the early 1990s.
The officer was a divorced father of four daughters: Carolyn, 16, and Corrine, 14, both in high school, and Christine, 20, and Caitlyn, 18, who are in college upstate.
Kelly announced the creation Tuesday of The New York City Police Foundation's Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund, which will pay for the education of his four daughters.
Donations to the Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund can be made online at nycpolicefoundation.org.
Check donations may also be mailed to:
New York City Police Foundation
Attention Peter Figoski Fund
555 5th Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
The wake at the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home will continue Sunday.
A funeral mass will be held Monday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Drivers in Babylon Village are being advised of road closures for services: Montauk Highway will be closed in both directions from Little Neck East Road to Deer Park Avenue between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Many of the roads surrounding St. Joseph's Church on North Carll Avenue will be closed including Trolley Line Road and Locust Avenue.
Published at 1:01 PM EST on Dec 17, 2011
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