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Highway Patrolman Michael J. Califano died Feb. 5
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Highway Patrolman Michael J. Califano died Feb. 5 after a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway in which a trucker who is accused of dozing off slammed into the officer's stopped patrol car. Califano's death marked the first line-of-duty police death in the department since 1993.

Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, 40, a husband, father of two and police officer for 12 years, was mistakenly shot dead March 12 by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officer in Massapequa Park after responding in plain clothes to a scene where a knife-wielding man was shot and killed by other officers.

NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, an East Islip native living in Westchester, was killed on March 13 after he was pushed down a concrete staircase as he attempted to handcuff a suspect in a domestic violence case in Brooklyn.

NYPD Detective Peter Figoski, a decorated police veteran and father of four, was shot and killed responding to a robbery in Brooklyn.

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Thousands gather outside St. Joseph's RC Church in Babylon for the funeral services for NYPD Detective Peter Figoski.

(Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

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