LI Officers Mourn For Losing ‘One Of Our Best’

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Officers are still in shock after a Long Island police officer was struck and killed on the Long Island Expressway on Friday night.

Officer Michael Califano pulled over on the Expressway around 11 p.m. to do a vehicle and traffic stop when a truck struck his car from behind, crushing his car.

He died on Saturday morning and now his fellow officers are mourning for his loss.

“He’s the father of three—three boys—married to a loving wife, lives in Nassau County, works in Nassau County, played in Nassau County and now unfortunately, we’ve lost one of our best,” Lt. Kevin Smith said.

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Califano lived in Wantagh, Long Island with his wife Jacqueline and his three boys—ages 6 to 13 years old. Califano began his career with the Nassau County police department in 1998 he was 44 years old.

Smith said over the years the department received many letters about the kind things Califano did—including recently.

“It was from an elderly woman who was stopped on the side of the road and whose muffler was hanging down from her car. And instead of calling a two truck–he actually crawled under her car and was able to fasten the exhaust muffler back up so she could get home,” Smith said.

To honor and remember Califano, flags are flying at half staff across the county.

Authorities have charged the driver with criminally negligent homicide for allegedly falling asleep behind the wheel.

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  • tim

    i didn,t thow this man , but i feel for his wife and three boys that were nodoubt the love of his life……as a father of three boys myself i couldn,t imagine not being there for them…….rest in peace

  • karen

    Such a tragedy. Seems like a nice family man and an all around good guy. My condolences to his family.

  • sean

    How very sad. He sounded like he was an all around nice guy.

    Very Sorry for the family, friends, and coworkers.



  • Cliff C.

    That’s a comment without any merit. You have no knowledge of this individual, his background or his personality. You are judging him without any facts whatsoever. It’s this attitude that is tearing the country apart. It almost sounds like you’ve got a personal vendetta against anyone else in society – did you get hurt before and want to “get even?” Honestly, ease up on the prejudice – it’s less stress for everyone.

  • R

    Let me guess your a low life that’s been arrested quite a bit in the past. Too bad it wasn’t you.

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