Friends, Family, Fellow Officers Gather For Final Farewell To Peter Figoski

BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Friends, family members and fellow police officers came together for a final farewell Monday and to remember NYPD Officer Peter Figoski as a father, friend and hero.

On a crisp and clear winter day, there was a cloud of grief hanging over Babylon on Monday as some 15,000 mourners came to honor the slain officer, who was shot and killed last Monday during a botched robbery in Cypress Hills.

Streets were blocked off, schools — including those attended by Figoski’s daughters — were closed and the entire town seemed to come to a standstill for Figoski’s funeral.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg also posthumously promoted Officer Figoski to detective, first-class, retroactive one year.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

In an overwhelming show of respect, thousands of uniformed officers from the NYPD, Nassau and Suffolk departments, state police from New York and New Jersey, and officers from upstate New York communities stood at attention and saluted their slain comrade as the casket carrying his body was led by a processional of bag pipes and drums playing “Amazing Grace.”

The slain officer’s four daughters stood should-to-shoulder with Figoski’s colleagues as the hearse arrived at St. Joseph’s Church in Babylon and his body was carried inside.

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The daughters of slain NYPD officer, Peter Figoski, mourn at his funeral. (credit: CBS 2)

“Christine, Caitlyn, Caroline, Corrine, as the father of daughters, I understand the bonds you share with your dad,” Mayor Bloomberg said during the service. “How much you must miss him. Your father died a hero.”

READ: Text Of Bloomberg Eulogy (DOC)

“Knowing your father was a hero, however, doesn’t make it any easier these days,” Bloomberg said. “Knowing your dad was revered in the NYPD doesn’t make his passing less painful.”

“Every day when you step out in the street, you always pray that you’re going to make it home.  You hug your children, your family, your loved ones. You kiss them and you always say a prayer that God is always going to be with you regardless of what the day brings,” Brooklyn Detective Raymond Gordon said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Peter Figoski’s Funeral

The loss of a neighbor and friend has also hit the close-knit residents of Babylon hard. Locals told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan that Figoski’s death has hit like a ton of bricks.

“Just seeing everyone so torn apart is comforting and very sad. You have so much support from one community because we’re all woven together so tightly because we’ve all grown up together,” Babylon resident Mackenzie Owens said.

While Figoski’s 22-year career was spent in Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct, his commitment has been felt throughout the Tri-State area.

“He had a grin, that quiet confidence about him that makes you feel like to was going to be all right … no matter how bad it was,” said fellow officer Ricky Giordano.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs At The Funeral

Giordano is one of hundreds of people who attended Figoski’s wake over the weekend.

“He had passion for his job. Go to work, take care of his family. Like I said, a role model,” retired NYPD officer Angelo Baez said.

The 47-year-old is now being remembered for his constant generosity, calm confidence and kind heart.

“He just helped everybody. He was just sweet, raised his family like that. He will be missed,” said family friend Liz Mihalik.

The family has received an outpouring of support from the community. More than $600,000 has been donated to the Peter Figoski scholarship fund. The money will help pay for the education of Figoski’s daughters Christine, Caitlyn, Caroline and Corrine.

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Figoski’s accused killer Lamont Pride and four alleged accomplices were formally charged with murder Friday.

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One Comment

  1. THE INSPECTOR says:

    1. Sarah lee says:

      That has nothing to do with this situation and I love how they always so innocent but the funny thing is they always have huge rap sheet

  2. ace11 says:

    Just put all the Blacks in jail

    and deport the Chicanos…most are here illegally anyways

    then things would be better

  3. Didn't have to happen says:

    Let me get this straight.. this guy could have retired 2 years ago but decided to stay on as a cop and work the graveyard shift in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood. If I were a cop and could retire, I would be running out the door and maybe do something else for a living. Now he is dead and his family is without him.

    Don’t get me wrong, it is a very sad thing for a cop to be killed, but speaking the truth, this cop could have left a very risky job 2 years ago and then probably still be alive. It may sound cynical, and now everyone is calling him a hero, but I think the cop should have quit when he had the chance.

    1. capt. bill's daughter says:

      he loved the job, and was good at it. he was raising his 4 daughters and worked nights so he could be with them during the day. he made a difference to the community he served. my dad was in the job for over 30 years and had second thoughts after he retired. officer figoski had his reasons, respect that.

    2. Joe says:

      Cops can take retirement at 20 years or 25 years. 25 years brings in a higher pension. He had 4 daughters, 2 in college and 2 in high school. He would not be able to afford to live in Long Island on a 20 year retirement pension.

  4. littlestar says:

    My respect and condolences to the family of Officer Figoski.These “men” were born evil. Useless humans.Socio and economic disadvantages are only a minor excuse. They were born that way.

  5. capt. bill's daughter says:

    to his daughters: my dad was nypd for 30+ yrs, and i grew up in the 75. your dad is a true hero, and so many people are the poorer for his loss. your loved ones, and the family of the long blue line stand with you and behind you today and always. my dad is now in an alzheimer’s facility, but cried when he saw the news, he said “i will pray for those girls, children should never be that sad. the department will take care of them.” from our house to you, and those who will miss your dad, i wish you peace, and that you will always feel your dad’s presence and love. too many tears shed, to many angels/good spirits called away from their loved ones far too early.

  6. eddie h. says:

    You, whoever you are, must be a spineless tool. You don’t have the balls to put a gun on your side and a vest on your chest and try to protect a community. If you needed police assistance, you wouldn’t think twice about picking up the phone and calling for help. You make me sick. Just go away.

    1. edgwoood says:


  7. Dave says:

    I think it is safe for me to assume you are an ignorant, non productive member of our society. To say that police officers sit around drinking coffee and eating donuts all day is assinine. One of us just lost his life responding to a call to help someone, someone who didn’t ask to be a victim of a crime. I hope you don’t have any children idiot so you don’t raise them to be like you.

  8. Frank says:

    Almost as important; what is being done about those who loiter in McDonald’s, BK, Subway, etc? Nice if the corrupt politicians would make a such a law that the useless police would maybe just maybe enforce some of the time.

    1. edgwoood says:

      Frank you are a BA FOOOOOONE!!!!!!!!

  9. Joe says:

    Rest in piece officer Figoski.

  10. Joe says:

    Meme, this is not appropriate for this article. Show some respect. Your statement is in poor taste.

  11. Carlos Liriano says:

    I hope Officer Figosky finds in Heaven the peace he worked so hard to keep for all the citizens of New York City

  12. Scott says:

    Becuase a Police Officer has a duty to “Protect & Serve” and firing a gun at a Police Officer is not just an insult to the badge, it is an insult to all of us, the community. The community is your mother, your brother, your sister, your niece, your aunt, your daughter and son, etc. That’s why. It is especially heartfelt when the cop with an excellent record responding to a call is killed. It’s devasting. I am not even a big fan of cops and I have to say I have lost sleep over this officer’s death. I hope that gives you a better understanding.

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