Funerals Held For Slain L.I. Police Officers Schaberger, Breitkopf

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — One fallen police officer was remembered as man of generous spirit who often comforted grieving family members visiting the World Trade Center site; another as a beloved fiancé.

Two separate funerals were held on Long Island Friday for two police officers killed last weekend under tragic circumstances.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly were among the speakers Friday at Officer Alain Schaberger’s funeral in East Islip.

1010 WINS Reporter Mona Rivera at Officer Brietkopf’s funeral

Schaberger was killed Sunday while responding to a domestic dispute in Brooklyn, allegedly pushed over a railing by George Villanueva, an ex con with 28 priors. Schaberger fell nine feet and broke his neck.

“To have to die like that, it’s just a senseless death, and personally, I’m lost,” said Shoshone Peguese, Schaberger’s fiancée.

Peguese said she still sleeps with his jacket next to her. He was one of two police officers being mourned on the same day on Long Island.

PHOTO GALLERY: Officer Brietkopf’s funeral and family photos

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Family photos of Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, and his family sons, Connor age 6 and Owen age 3/Family Handout.

A separate funeral was held in Selden at St. Margret’s Church for Nassau County Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf, who died in a friendly fire incident in Massapequa Park.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall with reaction from both funerals for fallen officers.

One police union official told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera an estimated 20,000 officers attended Breitkopf’s funeral on Friday.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said everyone was still having a hard time dealing with the officer’s death.

“There’s wrestling with three emotions simultaneously — certainly grief, compassion for the family, and they’re still dealing with anger,” Mulvey said.

Breitkopf leaves behind a wife and two sons, aged three and six years old. 
“It’s hard to see the family suffering like that, because Geoff was very, very devoted to his wife and kids,” retired Sgt. Steven Murray, of the Nassau Bureau of Special Operations, told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.
Breitkopf died Saturday night in a controversial shooting at a crime scene in Massapequa Park, shot to death by an MTA police officer who mistook the armed Breitkopf as a threat.

“It’s alleged that someone yelled out, ‘He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!’ That’s when the MTA officers approached our police officer,” said James Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association.

The MTA was assisting in the ongoing investigation.

“We’re not going to worry about who did what, who was wrong, because it doesn’t bring him back,” said Tony Ryan, Fire Chief of the Selden Fire Department, where Breitkopf volunteered.

Share your condolences below…

  • Anthony Eckstein

    sad day for police officers r.i.p.

  • capt bill's daughter

    here’s to all our heroes. their families are heroes also. my heart breaks especially for the 2 young boys, who ask when their daddy is coming home. my dad (nypd retired) had 4 of us who wondered that sometimes, but not for the same reason. those of us in the extended family of the long blue line stand in solidarity with all of you who laid someone special to rest today. let there be justice for these victims. final roll call answered. rest in peace.

  • Manny R.

    Rest in peace my fellow brothers in blue…

  • Frances

    I think it a down right shame. Our law officers lay down their lives for us . A just barley make a living . Then you have actors and actress who make a forturne., Football player and the owners fighting and they make a lot of money already ..I just don`t understand why our ploice and firefighters should make so little. It just doesent seem fair . I will pray for the families left alone.

  • Ellen

    My heart aches for the families of these two very brave men, and people will still complain about the cops, and I for one could never understand that.

  • al b

    So sad! My heart goes out to the families of these brave men who lost their lives working to protect all of ours.

  • Barry

    R.I.P Geoffery – you were a good man and a great father.

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