It is the second day of services honoring the fallen officer, following a wake on Monday that lasted for several hours and drew thousands of mourners.
- Happening today, a final farewell for NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos. The officer was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver last week. He'll be laid to rest today. Family and friends gathered for a wake in his memory yesterday. The funeral will be held today. Eyewitness News reporter Derick Waller live on Long Island in Greenlawn with the plans. Derek?
DERICK WALLER: Ken, good morning. This is a difficult and painful time for Tsakos' family, loved ones, colleagues. In fact, his family, his brother and parents, actually flew in from Greece to be here for today's funeral. And we have some video we can show you from Monday. This is from the wake, the visitation, so many people showing up in the rain to pay respects, including Mayor de Blasio.
Officer Tsakos was directing traffic around a fatal crash on the Long Island Expressway in Queens last week when a suspected drunk driver ran him over. She was quickly arrested. Tsakos, he leaves behind a wife and two young children. On Monday, colleagues and loved ones spoke to Eyewitness News.
- He was one of the best of us, and a complete gentleman. He was a very quiet guy, very reserved. He never looked for recognition.
- He didn't deserve this. Nobody deserves this, but especially him.
- The pain, that's what I said. I'm praying for you and your children. She said, please pray for my children.
DERICK WALLER: And so back here at the funeral home in Greenlawn, I can tell you that police commissioner Dermot Shea is expected to be here this morning, as is Mayor de Blasio. Once again, he is expected to deliver remarks away from TV cameras when this funeral begins around 10 o'clock this morning.