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Widow mourns Anastasios Tsakos, NYPD cop killed by drunk driver

Widow mourns Anastasios Tsakos, NYPD cop killed by drunk driver

The widow of Anastasios Tsakos — the NYPD cop killed by a drunk driver — sobbed as she remembered her beloved hubby as “the love of my life” and an “awesome dad” at his funeral Tuesday.

“I wish we had more time — to watch our kids grow,” Irene Tsakos said in front of mourners at the packed Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Greenlawn. “I wish we could grow old together. That was the plan, but you were taken from us too soon.”

She fought back tears as she continued about their two children, ages 3 and 6, “And now our kids will grow up without their dad, without their awesome dad. They will never forget. I will make sure of that.

“Tasos, you are the love of my life,” Irene choked, while bursting into tears. “I hope I made you proud.”

American and Greek flags stood side by side at the front of the Long Island chapel, next to Tsakos’s flower-draped open casket and a large portrait of the late 43-year-old officer.

The funeral for NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos
Flowers draped the casket of Officer Anastasios Tsakos.
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A massive wall of police officers lined the road outside the church.

“We are shocked, scared, angered at the unfairness and senselessness that took him from us,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told mourners at the funeral.

“We seek to make sense of this to understand why this happened. What plan could have been part of it? What possible lesson could be gleaned from this?” Shea said. “We cry out, ‘Well, God certainly knows his plan.’ We do not. And although Tasos may be in a better place, we want him here with us.”

The top cop said Tsakos’s commitment to the job was so strong that the 14-year department veteran had not called in sick for nearly a decade and went to court to testify on cases on his own time.

After the emotional service, Tsakos’s mother and widow broke down crying over his casket.

Police officers in a motorcycle procession for a fallen cop.
Mayor Bill de Blasio referred to Anastasios Tsakos as “a Greek hero for our time.”
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Tsakos, 43, was directing traffic on the Long Island Expressway after an earlier car accident when police said he was struck and killed by a 2013 Volkswagen driven by Jessica Beauvais, who admitted she was driving drunk.

Beauvais, 32, now faces 13 charges, including manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, and is being held without bail.

Among the dignitaries who spoke at the slain cop’s funeral was Mayor Bill de Blasio, who called the fallen officer “a Greek hero for our time.”

“We’re all mourning right now,” de Blasio said. “We’re all in pain right now. It does not make sense that such a good man in every way could possibly be gone.”

A huge American flag spans the street in honor of Officer Anastasios Tsakos.
Irene Tsakos said her children “will never forget [their dad]. I will make sure of that.”
Dennis A. Clark

“The family is mourning someone they loved with all their hearts,” he said. “The NYPD is mourning a fallen brother. The city is mourning a lost guardian.”

Archbishop Elpidophoros, of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, heralded Tsakos’s service to the city — at one point drawing a round of applause after referring to the NYPD as the world’s finest.

“There is no justice on this earth that can bring him back to us,” the archbishop said. “Officer Tsakos looks down today from heaven, looks down on all of you. In your tears, in your pain, in your righteous anger and your deepest sorrow, Tsakos is present.”

A mourner holding a thin blue line flag.
A mourner holds a Thin Blue Line flag during the funeral procession.
Stephen Yang

Thousands of police officers were present for the funeral procession, coming from as far away as Fairfax, Virginia.

“Anytime that we lose a police officer, a firefighter, or a fire officer, it’s important that we show our solidarity with our brothers and sisters,” Jake Lemondo, president of the New York City Fire Officers Association, said.

“There’s nothing that will ever bring him back but at least his family will know that he will never be forgotten by those who serve side by side.”

An eyewitness to Tsako’s death told The Post last week that Tsakos was thrown into the air and hurled more than 100 feet away, as prosecutors alleged Beauvais hit the cop at a high rate of speed.

Officers salute at the funeral of their fallen colleague.
Police officers from as far away as Fairfax, Virginia came to honor their fallen colleague.
Stephen Yang

Truck driver Dan Miller said the impact was so violent that Tsakos’ leg was severed and both of his patrol boots were blown off his feet.

The cop was remembered by his brother, Teddy, as “an amazing guy” after the deadly incident.

Tsakos, who was assigned to the department’s highway unit, leaves behind his wife and two young children.

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Evan Lewis

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