Thousands expected at NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo's funeral


Thousands of police officers from across the country are expected to attend the funeral on Thursday for slain NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, fatally shot by a burglary suspect last week in the Bronx.

Tuozzolo, 41, of Greenlawn, died last Friday shortly after the shooting, leaving behind his wife and two young children — the fifth line-of-duty death since December 2014 for the NYPD.

Manuel Rosales, 35, of Brentwood, who police said shot Tuozzolo twice in the head with a gun stolen in Suffolk County years earlier, was subsequently killed in a hail of police gunfire.

Tuozzolo’s funeral Mass is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Ave., in Massapequa. Internment will be at St. Charles & Resurrection Cemetery in Farmingdale.

The NYPD said it expects 20,000 to 25,000 police officers to attend Tuozzolo’s funeral, with contingents coming from all over the country and Canada.

Tuozzolo, who grew up in Bayville, was a 19-year-veteran of the NYPD, a department that has recently grappled with several line-of-duty killings: In October 2015, Officer Randolph Holder, 32, was killed along the FDR Drive in Manhattan while pursuing a shooting suspect. In May 2015, Officer Brian Moore, 25, of Massapequa, was fatally shot in the head in Queens. And in December 2014, Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot and killed in an ambush as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

Tuozzolo’s wake Wednesday at Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage drew politicians and top police officials, including NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Rep. Peter King.

Merrick Road between Hicksville Road and Park Boulevard will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m., police said.

The Massapequa school district is closing schools Thursday because of the road closures and expected traffic in the area.

 

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