Funeral Arrangements Set For L.I. Police Officer

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Nassau County police officer killed when a truck slammed into his cruiser during a traffic stop will be buried this week.

The wake for 44-year-old Officer Michael Califano has been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Massapequa Funeral Home. The funeral is set for Thursday at the Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford.

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Officers were still in shock after Califano was struck and killed on the Long Island Expressway Saturday. He had pulled over a vehicle and was sitting in his car with the lights blinking when it was hit from behind by a flatbed truck.

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The impact sent his car under the vehicle he had stopped and the truck went over him.

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“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.

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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  1. LAURA L. HART says:

    THE DEATH OF NCPD OFFICER CALIFANO IS A COMPLETE TRAGEDY. WE ARE ASKED WHO MONITORS THE TRUCK DRIVERS WHO EXCEED THE TIME PERMITTED TO DRIVE THESE DEKIVERY / TOW TRUCKS??? BECAUSE OF THE DRIVERS RUSH AND STUPIDITY TO DELIVER A VEHICLE TO ITS DESTINATION, A POLICE OFFICER IS DEAD. OFFCIER CALIFANO HAD BEEN PROTECTING OUR STREETS!!! MY SYMPATHY TO HIS WIFE, CHILDREN, FRIENDS, FAMILY AND ALL OF THE NCPD AND POLICE OFFICERS ALL OVER THE USA. MAY OFFICER CALIFANO REST IN PEACE, IN PERFECT PEACE.

  2. Chris says:

    Does not mater, a police officer or civilian, the truck driver admitted to falling asleep even with his fiance in the truck(asleep). The police officer and box truck were in a safety zone on the L.I.E. Hey the driver who hit the police car did have previous counts against him. Had he not fallen asleep Officer Califano would still be alive. IHe does deserve to be prosecuted, no matter who he killed. Unfortunately, it was a man doing his job, and protecting the laws. God bless him and his family

  3. Maggie says:

    A good Man is now gone leaving behind a wife and two children. I find your comment to be ignorant,cold, callous, and completely without class. Shame on you!

  4. Steve Gregg says:

    Q: What should you do at least 100 feet before changing lanes on the LIE?
    A: Reload.

  5. PaPa Joe says:

    If you can ask this question you have not been on the LIE sice it was called Powerhouse Road. Ever see people cut in and out of the HOV lanes, at will; and if you’re in it and want to exit, speed up so you can’t get in front of them? What’s the new speed limit, 75 mph? Heaven help you if you signal that you want to change lanes. Watch the folks in the lane you are trying to enter; a pack of predatory wolves protecting their territory. You get the idea ! Is the LIE safe? Good rhetorical question.

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