NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A hero NYPD officer was honored in Queens on Thursday.Family, Friends Pack Queens Church On 1-Year Anniversary Of NYPD Det. Simonsen’s Death
The 42-year-old was killed by friendly fire in 2019 while responding to a robbery.
During a packed ceremony, the 19-year NYPD veteran was remembered as a brave man who touched a lot of lives.
“There’s not one tour that is completed without at least a story involving Brian or talking about how much we miss him,” Det. Francis Noonan said.
“I’m just a girl who misses and loves my husband, and I just… I just want his memory out there forever,” said Leanne Simonsen, Brian’s widow.MORE NEWS: CBS2 Gets An Inside Look At NYPD’s Training To Prevent Friendly Fire Incidents
A special display was built inside the stationhouse for the plaque and other items paying tribute to the detective.