‘I Will Miss His Hugs… Lord, You Have My Angel Now’: Grieving Widow Speaks At Funeral For Det. Anastasios Tsakos
GREENLAWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A funeral was held Tuesday for Det. Anastasios Tsakos, a 14-year veteran and father of two killed in the line of duty last week.
As CBSN New York’s Jenna DeAngelis reports, there was a sea of blue outside Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church, silently embracing the fallen officer’s family. Inside, there was even more support.
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“We’re all in mourning right now, we’re all in pain right now. It does not make sense that such a good many in every way could possibly be gone,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during the service. “Some people are true heroes. Some people are there for others. That, in every way, was Anastasios Tsakos.”
“God certainly knows his plan. We do not. While Tasso may indeed be in a better place, we all want him here with us,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea added.
So many lives were changed forever when Tsakos was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while directing traffic on the Long Island Expressway. The driver was allegedly under the influence and arrested a short time later.
— John Dias (@JohnBDias) May 4, 2021
His parents and other family members flew in from Greece to show love and support for his 6-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and wife, Irene. The family had just moved to East Northport last year.
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“She was very strong but very distraught at the same time,” former Congressman Peter King said after meeting with them. “Family seemed shattered.”
Tsakos was part of the Highway Division, and both his work and personal motorcycles were transported to the service.
Retired narcotics officer Jamie Cabano, of Oakdale, didn’t know Tsakos, but felt compelled to bring her two sons, who want to be police officers when they grow up.
“You can’t teach this lesson of honor and respect. They have to see it sometimes firsthand, unfortunate as it may be,” she said. “We’re a family of blue. We all bleed blue.”
Commissioner Shea posthumously promoted Tsakos to the rank of detective during the ceremony.
“But the man I’ve gotten to know over the last week or so through your stories, is much more Tasso was from beginning to end a very intelligent and hardworking man. He was the envy of his pears. He was really the perfect depiction of the American dream, an example of our nation’s great diversity. Also an example of the extraordinary call to service that so many courageous New Yorkers embrace,” Shea said.
His wife paid an emotional tribute.
“I will miss everything about him. Everything. Most of all, I will miss his hugs. I wish we had more time to watch our kids grow. See them off to college. I wish we could grow together. That was the plan. But he was taking from us too soon. And now our kids will grow up without their dad. Without their awesome dad. I will make sure they know who he is,” Irene Tsakos said. “Every day they’ll see his face and learn about all the wonderful things he did. And what a hero he was. We will never forget. I will make sure of that. Tasso you are the love of my life. I hope I made you proud. Lord, you have my angel now. Please hold him dear. And watch over us. I love you always and forever. Until you hold me in your arms again, my love.”
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