“I wish we had more time — to watch our kids grow,” Irene Tsakos stated in entrance of mourners on the packed Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Greenlawn. “I wish we could grow old together. That was the plan, but you were taken from us too soon.”
She fought again tears as she continued about their two kids, ages 3 and 6, “And now our youngsters will develop up with out their dad, with out their superior dad. They will always remember. I’ll make certain of that.
“Tasos, you are the love of my life,” Irene choked, whereas bursting into tears. “I hope I made you proud.”
American and Greek flags stood facet by facet on the entrance of the Long Island chapel, subsequent to Tsakos’s flower-draped open casket and a big portrait of the late 43-year-old officer.
An enormous wall of law enforcement officials lined the highway exterior the church.
“We are shocked, scared, angered at the unfairness and senselessness that took him from us,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea informed mourners on the funeral.
“We seek to make sense of this to understand why this happened. What plan could have been part of it? What possible lesson could be gleaned from this?” Shea stated. “We cry out, ‘Well, God certainly knows his plan.’ We do not. And although Tasos may be in a better place, we want him here with us.”
The prime cop stated Tsakos’s dedication to the job was so sturdy that the 14-year division veteran had not known as in sick for practically a decade and went to court docket to testify on instances on his personal time.
After the emotional service, Tsakos’s mom and widow broke down crying over his casket.
Tsakos, 43, was directing visitors on the Long Island Expressway after an earlier automotive accident when police stated he was struck and killed by a 2013 Volkswagen driven by Jessica Beauvais, who admitted she was driving drunk.
Beauvais, 32, now faces 13 charges, together with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and driving whereas intoxicated, and is being held with out bail.
Among the dignitaries who spoke on the slain cop’s funeral was Mayor Bill de Blasio, who known as the fallen officer “a Greek hero for our time.”
“We’re all mourning right now,” de Blasio stated. “We’re all in pain right now. It does not make sense that such a good man in every way could possibly be gone.”
“The family is mourning someone they loved with all their hearts,” he stated. “The NYPD is mourning a fallen brother. The city is mourning a lost guardian.”
Archbishop Elpidophoros, of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, heralded Tsakos’s service to town — at one level drawing a spherical of applause after referring to the NYPD because the world’s most interesting.
“There is no justice on this earth that can bring him back to us,” the archbishop stated. “Officer Tsakos looks down today from heaven, looks down on all of you. In your tears, in your pain, in your righteous anger and your deepest sorrow, Tsakos is present.”
Thousands of law enforcement officials had been current for the funeral procession, coming from as far-off as Fairfax, Virginia.
“Anytime that we lose a police officer, a firefighter, or a fire officer, it’s important that we show our solidarity with our brothers and sisters,” Jake Lemondo, president of the New York City Fire Officers Association, stated.
“There’s nothing that will ever bring him back but at least his family will know that he will never be forgotten by those who serve side by side.”
An eyewitness to Tsako’s death informed The Post final week that Tsakos was thrown into the air and hurled greater than 100 toes away, as prosecutors alleged Beauvais hit the cop at a excessive price of velocity.
Truck driver Dan Miller stated the impression was so violent that Tsakos’ leg was severed and each of his patrol boots had been blown off his toes.
The cop was remembered by his brother, Teddy, as “an amazing guy” after the lethal incident.
Tsakos, who was assigned to the division’s freeway unit, leaves behind his spouse and two younger kids.