Some 10,000 cops from across the country and region assembled this morning at a Long Island church for the emotional funeral mass for the decorated Brooklyn cop who was shot and killed while responding to a robbery.
Officer Peter Figoski, a father of four daughters, was remembered as a dedicated dad and police officer.
The hero cop’s distraught daughters sat in the front row, just feet from their dad’s coffin, while others remembered his bravery and dedication.
In a statement read aloud inside St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Babylon by family friend Juan Mendez, Figoski’s four daughters wrote: “We now feel connected to a side of our dad we rarely saw at home. He always put us first.
“We will forever remember the memories with our dad and our loving family. Our father would be so honored and so proud by all of this, and is forever in our hearts. It is said when a hero falls an angel rises. Rest in peace Daddy.”
Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and law enforcement officials from as far as Chicago and Baltimore showed up to remember Figoski.
“Pete always had a smile on his face that reminded you in the toughest moments that all’s OK with the world — strong, dependable, solid as a rock, Pete had the knowledge and know-how that only came from years on the job,” the mayor said during his eulogy.
“It’s incomprehensible that someone like Pete, who gave so much to so many, could have his life taken from him.”