Hundreds Attend Wake For Fallen NYPD Officer Peter Figoski

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A sea of blue is descending on the Long Island community of Babylon this weekend as hundreds of police officers pay tribute to their fallen colleague, Peter Figoski, who was shot and killed last Monday while responding to a robbery in Brooklyn.

“We didn’t lose just a co-worker, we lost a dear friend. Everybody knew him. Guys are coming up me like it’s my loss. Yeah it is my loss because he was a best friend,” said Figoski’s ex-partner Ricky Giordano.

“He was a brother to me, but it was everyone who knew him’s loss, everybody who knew him’s loss. And you know what? Even the people that he didn’t get to know, with the younger cops, it’s their loss because they’ll never get to know him,” he added.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports

Officer Figoski was known as a devoted father to his four girls and a decorated member of the NYPD.

Figoski’s accused killers were officially indicted by a grand jury. The alleged gunman, Lamont Pride, is charged with first degree murder and his four alleged accomplices are charged with second degree murder.

“Each of one of them, each one of them is as guilty as the other in the killing of any New York City police officer,” said PBA president Pat Lynch.

As police officers filed inside, mourners applauded out of respect.

“He had a grin that just – he had a quiet confidence about him that just makes you feel like it was going to be alright, no matter how bad it was,” Giordano told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly came to pay his respects as well.

“All indications are that Officer Figoski’s life really revolved around his four daughters,” Kelly said. “He never had a chance to defend himself. Never had the ability to take out his weapon. It’s always, always heartbreaking.”

Figoski’s brother-in-law, police officer Joe Reale, tells 1010 WINS that Figoski’s four daughters are inconsolable.

“You can’t prepare yourself for something like this,” he said. “He did everything for them. Whatever he could do, he did for them. Two of my nieces are very young. Children should not be going through this.”

Julia O’Handley came in support of her friend, Figoski’s youngest daughter.

“He did it doing something protecting us,” said “I’m going to give her a hug because it’s terrible.”

John Giangrasso is a cop who has been Figoski’s friend for years and he’s helping the family prepare for the funeral.

“Don’t have a bad word to say about Pete,” he said.

Donations have been pouring in to help Figoski’s children. The NYPD says $200,000 has been collected to benefit his four daughters, including $80,000 from the Silver Shield Foundation for the girls’ education.

The foundation offers funds and support to families of police officers, firefighters and state troopers killed in the line of duty.

Figoski’s wake will be held Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Claude R. Boyd/Spencer Funeral Home in Babylon on Long Island.

His funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Babylon.

If you’d like to donate to the Police Foundation Peter Figoski Scholarship Fund, visit

Please share your thoughts below…

  • Ellen

    May God be with this brave and courageous police officer who died in the line of duty. My heart goes out to his daughters, family and fellow officers who now have to bury a wonderful man full of life and integrity. God be with you all.

  • OWS


    • Officer Truth

      @ OWS, don’t be the moron that you are displaying. This Officer had absolutely NOTHING to do with what you”re whining about. If your tail was doing something constructive then perhaps you would not have endured a beating.

  • Very conservative

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • Marie

    Any innocent life taken from this earth with illegal hand guns in indeed tragic. My prayers and sympathy are with the families of the victims.

  • capt. bill's daughter

    fly your flag for officer figoski on monday. dad (nypd retired, and currently in an assisted living facility) cried the other day when he saw the story on the news. he repeated “those poor girls, those poor girls.” i mourn his tragic passing. the girls have a large support group to help them. monday will be a truly sad day, but young ladies, “you’ll never walk alone.” peace to his close family, and the family of the long blue line.

  • Peggy

    Deepest condolences to the family, NYPD and Long Island, from a former Long Islander and Suffolk Cty retiree.

  • Ellen

    If it weren’t for that stupid judge this dear man would still be alive enjoying the holidays with his family.

    • Olive oil

      If it wasent for the savage black man that murderd him,he would be with his family

  • Bill

    Glad we got rid of the Death Penalty in New York! Cause these lvely pilars of society truly deserve to live and breathe our air! You can only hope they get it in jail.

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