Grief-Stricken Family, Fellow Officers Mourn Slain NYPD Officer Peter Figoski

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) —  Early Tuesday evening, the family of slain NYPD officer Peter Figoski was escorted into Brooklyn State Supreme Court for the arraignment of the five men accused in his death. All of them face murder charges and were ordered held without bail.

Grief-stricken NYPD officers from the 75th Precinct stood in solemn formation Tuesday and lowered the flag in front of Boyd Funeral home moments after bringing fellow officer Figoski’s body there for a final salute.

Figoski was shot and killed while he and his partner, Glenn Estrada, were responding as backup to a robbery in progress at an apartment around 2:15 a.m. Monday at 25 Pine St. in Cypress Hill.

“When we took Peter’s body out of the hearse, we all gathered around, said a prayer and then we did our flag duties here by lowering the flag,” said Charles Spencer, the director of the funeral home and a retired NYPD officer.

Figoski’s wake will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Boyd Funeral Home and his funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Babylon.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall With Mourning Neighbors On Long Island

figoski Grief Stricken Family, Fellow Officers Mourn Slain NYPD Officer Peter Figoski

Officer Peter Figoski with his four daughters Caitlyn, Corinne, Caroline, Christine. (credit: Facebook)

As the force prepared to say farewell to their fallen brother, Officer Figoski’s heartbroken family spent the day at their West Babylon home, making funeral arrangements and bracing for a horrific week ahead.

Figoski’s uncle was one of several family members who stopped by the family’s home Tuesday to bring food. He also trained Figoski at the Police Academy.

“He was one of the best guys to go through the academy…he just did everything, never complained about anything,” he said.

Officers in police cruisers sat in front of Peter Figoski’s Long Island residence Tuesday morning as neighbors mourned his loss.

“He was just a good family man. Always kept the house up in good shape,” said Joe DiPietro, who lives across the street. “You see him take his kids back and forth to school.”

He said he can’t imagine how the tragedy is affecting the family.

“Awful. Absolutely awful. I think about this myself, if it were ever to happen to me, I just don’t know how to deal with it,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Figoski made more than 200 arrest — nearly half for felonies — and earned 12 medals, including eight for exceptional police duty.

Police work ran deep in his blood. Figoski’s brother retired from the NYPD and his brother-in-law is still active on the force. The veteran cop turned down retirement with a full pension two years ago so he could stay on the force.

As news of his death circulated in the department, fellow officers closed ranks around the Figoski family. Police choppers were dispatched upstate to pick two of his daughters up from college and bring them to the hospital.

Police vans also escorted various family members in and out of their home on Tuesday.

Known simply as “Pete” in the neighborhoods where he lived and he grew up, Officer Figoski is being remembered now as a hero.

“I feel so bad, you know what I mean? I feel so bad for the kids of the guy, the mother, father everybody,” neighbor John Cottone said.

The 47-year-old Figoski was the father of four daughters, including two in high school and two in college.  The New York City Police Foundation has also established the Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund, which will pay for the education of his four daughters.

Donations to the Police Foundation Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund can be made online at  Check donations should be mailed to:

New York City Police Foundation
Attention Peter Figoski Fund
555 5th Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • Donna C.

    As the mother of a former member of the 75, I know the conditions this police officer worked under. My deepest, heartfelt condolences to the family. And, to the officers of the 75 – you are true heroes in my mind and heart. You do a very difficult job 24-7. God bless you all! You have my respect always.

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Sherry

    This story is heart breaking. Sympathy goes out to the entire family! R.I.P

  • Fazil Mohammed M

    its very hard for the family

  • Dollars and SENSE

    END (or TRULY fix) the welfare system.

    RAISE the minimum wage to $14.00/hr.

    STOP giving money to Israel. They have PLENTY of it and don’t need anymore. Anyone that disagrees can simply move there and personally support them.

    LIMIT the amount of money that pro athletes earn. A governmental cap of 1 million per year for any player under age 30; 2 million per for age 30-35; and 6 million for above age 35. In correspondence put a cap of $75 on all ticket prices for MLB and $125 for NBA/ NHL/ NFL regular season games with an increase of 10% per each postseason round. Also, put a cap of $4 per beer, $3 per hot dog, $2 per soda, and other concessions at such events….Albert Pujols getting $254 million dollars in THIS economy?!?!? When will it ever end? There has to be a breaking point sooner or later.

    FORCE those with a net worth of over $200 million to liquidate their assets (other than up to 2 houses) and retire by age 62 with no Social Security benefits. If they still can’t live comfortably on all that money, then they DON’T deserve to have it.

    STOP giving tax breaks to conglomerates such as Exxon, GE, etc, etc. Instead give it to their blue collar workers if the company can prove it is suffering financially.

    LEVY a 10 percent additional tax for any US company that ships jobs overseas.

    And REIMPOSE governmental regulation on banks as to what it was before Reagan.

  • Frank s

    This is such a sad story, but lets remember that Bloomberg and Ray Kelly are too busy fighting the Occupy Wall St movement that they lost touch with fighting real crime. This is the sad result. All of those officers downtown at liberty square could be helping the city fight real crime,not peaceful protesters. NYC has lost one of their finest and Bloomberg and Kelly are to blame. R.I.P Peter J. Figoski

  • Cate

    I am so sorry for the loss this family has experienced… close to the holidays….my heart goes out to them.

  • Very conservative

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    • Cate

      For which there is no cure.

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