ExpertBail Salutes NYPD Detective Peter FigoskiTuesday, December 20, 2011
The ExpertBail Network and its entire family of over 5000 bail bond agents across the country would like to extend their deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers in the 75th Precinct of Detective Peter Figoski.
Detective Figoski was not only a true hero to the city of New York, but more importantly, he was a loving and and devoted father to his four daughters. He will be missed by all.
Read the original article from the New York Post below.
Force of 20,000 in final salute to hero cop Figoski
By Kiernan Crowley, Larry Celonaand Dan Mangan
December 20, 2011
The weeping daughters then went outside, where Pauline, who was divorced from Figoski, was presented with a folded American flag.
A bagpiper played “Amazing Grace” as the casket was sprinkled with holy water before being slid into the hearse.
Overhead, five police helicopters flew in formation.
Among the mourners were several Finest who over the weekend had, in round-the-clock shifts, stayed near Figoski’s body at the Boyd/Spencer Funeral Home in Babylon.
“The officers stayed in an adjacent chapel so Peter would never be alone,” said funeral director Sean Ward. “They just wanted to be with him in spirit.”
Also attending was Figoski’s hero partner at the 75th Precinct, Glenn Estrada, who chased down and captured his comrade’s suspected killer.
“Today was like I thought. It was very tough,” Estrada told The Post.
“But we’re all here together to remember a great guy. And it’s important that we’re here together to console each other, and everybody here who knew him, loved Pete.”
Figoski’s daughters, in their statement, publicly thanked Estrada for all he had done for their dad.
Kelly, in his eulogy, underscored the importance of Figoski’s daughters to their slain father.
“Pete’s devotion to his own family was legendary,” Kelly said in a voice that wavered at times.
“His locker at the 75th Precinct is covered with pictures of his four beloved daughters. They meant everything to him.
“Eight days ago, Pete was offered the chance to work a coveted overtime assignment in Manhattan. To his supervisor’s surprise, he turned it down. When he was told later how much money he could have made, he beamed and said, ‘I got a chance to spend a beautiful day with my girls.’ ”
Kelly — addressing mourners who included Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, US Rep. Peter King (R-LI) and actor Tony Danza — also spoke of the heroism and bravery that had earned Figoski a slew of commendations.
Figoski, for example, had received the Medal for Exceptional Merit after being among the responding officers fired at by a man who turned out to be New York’s Zodiac Killer in 1996.
“Like most officers, Pete didn’t want his family to worry about him,” Kelly said. “If his children asked him what had happened at work the night before, he’d say, ‘Absolutely nothing. I just sat in the car.’ But the reality was very different.”
At North Babylon Cemetery, the funeral procession ended with a large American flag dangling from the extended ladder of a North Bablyon firetruck.
Figoski was buried in his NYPD uniform.