LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mourners remembered an off-duty Linden police officer Thursday killed in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island that also left one man dead and two other officers seriously injured.
Officers from multiple departments lined the streets as services were held for 28-year-old Officer Frank Viggiano at Linden Presbyterian Church. Dozens of police and firefighters stood at attention as pallbearers brought the coffin inside.READ MORE: Rangers Stay Red Hot, Get 4 Points From Panarin In Rout Of Blackhawks
Loved ones remembered him as someone always willing to lend a helping hand.
“He was a good friend and he always helped me,” friend Robert Thieling told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes. “Helped everyone, never did wrong.”
Viggiano was also remembered as an avid fisherman.
“He loved to fish…he loved everybody,” Thieling said.
Thieling was wearing a fishing hook on his blazer pocket from one of their trips, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.