Slain NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo was remembered Thursday afternoon as a fierce “American hero,” “family man” and “protector” at a funeral that drew thousands of fellow officers from across the country to a Long Island church.
“Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo was everything we could wish for in a police officer: conscientious, hardworking, courageous, driven to protect,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said of the 41-year-old veteran cop at the packed Saint Rose of Lima Church in Massapequa.
“Paul always exemplified the definition of protector, he instinctively put others before himself,” said O’Neill, who remembered Tuozzolo for his calm demeanor and “dry sense of humor.”
The city’s top cop posthumously promoted Tuozzolo, who leaves behind a wife and two young boys, to sergeant-special assignment — an announcement greeted by a standing ovation.
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