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Dedication Ceremonies Set for Fallen Officers
The Nassau County Police Benevolent Association will honor fallen Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf Saturday during a dedication ceremony in Massapequa Park.
The police union will unveil a bronze plaque in Breitkopf’s honor at a small park off of Park Boulevard and Front Street. Breitkopf’s family and members of the Nassau County Police Department will also be in attendance. The ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m., will also include a Color Guard and Pipe Band.
Breitkopf, who was a member of the elite Bureau of Special Operations (BSO), was accidentally shot and killed by an MTA police officer in March 2011 while responding to a Massapequa Park home where a 21-year-old man armed with a pair of knives was gunned down by police after he had lunged at them.
Breitkopf died shortly after at Nassau University Medical Center.
Nearly a year later, the Nassau County District Attorney’s office announced it would not charge the MTA police officer involved in the friendly fire shooting.
Members of Boy Scout Troops 660 and 776 built the plaque that will be dedicated to Breitkopf.
Also this month, local officials will rename a bridge on Route 109 in West Babylon after NYPD officer Peter Figoski, a 22-year veteran of the force, who was fatally shot while responding to a botched home invasion in Brooklyn in December 2011.
The shooter, Lamont Pride, was sentenced in February to 45 years to life in prison.
The Figoski ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m at the overpass on Route 109 and Sunrise Highway.