Private Wake Held For NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos

Officers lined Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens for the start of a procession, carrying the casket of Anastasios Tsakos to a church on Long Island. CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reports.

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- A wake is being held tonight for NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos, who was killed in the line of duty.

- Earlier today, officers lined Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens for the start of a procession carrying the casket to a church on Long Island. Along the way, firefighters passed along overpasses to pay their respects. CBS 2's Hazel Sanchez is live in Greenlawn with more, Hazel.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Yeah, Dick and Christine, this gray day seems almost fitting on this somber occasion as people come here to pay their final respects to Officer Tsakos. We spoke with several people who knew him very well. Clearly, a loss for them but perhaps even more so for people who didn't have the chance to know what a wonderful man Officer Tsakos was.

Dozens of New York's finest saluted the flag draped coffin of NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos as it was carried outside a funeral home in Astoria, Queens where he grew up. A massive motorcade escorted his body to his wake in Suffolk County Long Island. Firefighters on an overpass paid tribute to the 14-year veteran of the NYPD, standing at attention and displaying the American flag.

A steady flow of family, friends, and fellow officers have been coming to St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox shrine church in Greenlawn to pay their final respects to the Tsakos' family. And to show love and support for his wife, Irene, his six-year-old daughter, and three-year-old son, whom he tragically leaves behind. Pastor John Boyd did community outreach work with Officer Tsakos and spoke with his widow today.

JOHN BOYD: And I said to her, I said, "I'm praying for you and your children." And she said, "please pray for my children."

JIM MASTORAS: He's a good guy. He didn't deserve this.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Jim Mastoras was a close family friend of Tsakos for 16 years.

JIM MASTORAS: He was a comedian.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: What was he?

JIM MASTORAS: Yeah. So mostly, he made people laugh. That's what's going to be most about him.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: Early Tuesday morning, Officer Tsakos was directing traffic after a fatal accident on the LIE in Fresh Meadows Queens when he was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. The woman allegedly driving under the influence was arrested a short time later.

- We will miss him immensely.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: NYPD Lieutenant John Pappas was close friends with Tsakos whom he called torso's for 14 years. They met through the St. Paul Society, a Hellenic and Eastern Orthodox Christian Society made up of mostly Greek officers.

JOHN PAPPAS: He was a very loving man to his friends, his family, his children, and he gave of himself, and he wanted no recognition in return. That's the kind of guy that he was.

HAZEL SANCHEZ: And Officer Tsakos was so loved. You can tell by the crowds that continue to gather here to pay their final respects. The wake will continue here until 9:00 tonight. The funeral will also take place here at 10:00 tomorrow morning. We're live in Greenlawn, Long Island, Hazel Sanchez, CBS 2 News.

- Hazel, thank you.