Wake, funeral details released for NYPD officer killed on LIE

Wake and funeral details have been released for NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver on the Long Island Expressway early Tuesday.

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- Our coverage continues with Long Island reporter, Kristin Thorne. She is live in East Northport where Officer Tsakos lived, Kristin.

KRISTIN THORNE: Loren, Officer Tsakos moved to this neighborhood in East Northport with his family last summer. He was known to neighbors as Taso. They said, they say you would often see him playing in the front yard with his children.

These are pictures of NYPD officer, Anastasio Tsakos in a happier time, with his wife and his two small children, a six-year-old daughter, and a three-year-old son.

MOYRA BLETSCH: A family man, friendly as could be, and the most hardworking person you'd ever want to meet.

KRISTIN THORNE: Tsakos' neighbors in East Northport say when they heard about the incident they prayed it wasn't their neighbor.

ROSEMARY GIACOLONE: We were just praying and hoping it wasn't.

- Because it happened like at 2 o'clock in the morning.

KRISTIN THORNE: Ok, so in the middle of the night?

- So we were expecting the police to be early here.


ROSEMARY GIACOLONE: Yeah, we hadn't seen anything, so I was like, all right, you know.

- It's not him. It's not him. There is no police and then all of a sudden, it was mm mm

KRISTIN THORNE: Eyewitness News spoke with Tsakos' younger brother, Teddy Tsakos, by phone today while he was in the airport traveling from North Carolina to East Northport.

TEDDY TSAKOS: [INAUDIBLE] He'd just bought a house, he was starting his life, everything, he was doing good. Everything was cut short, that's it.

KRISTIN THORNE: Teddy Tsakos says he's not sure whether his brother will be buried here or in Greece, where his family is from and where his parents still live.

Tsakos' neighbors say this is a horrible end to a good man's life.

ROSEMARY GIACOLONE: We had been quarantined a couple of months ago, the whole family and he just called us, whatever you need, he would drop off food for us.

KRISTIN THORNE: We've learned that Answer The Call, the New York Police and Fire Widow and Children's Benefit Fund is donating $25,000 immediately to Tsakos' widow to help with any immediate expenses that she may have. The executive director of the organization says that by helping her, they are honoring Tsakos and the people that he loved so much, his family.

Alive in East Northport, I'm Kris--