Purple Heart medals will be awarded posthumously Thursday by the Nassau Police Department to the families of Michael J. Califano and Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, officers who died in the line of duty last year.
Califano, a Wantagh resident, was 44.
Breitkopf was fatally shot March 12, 2011, after being mistaken for an armed suspect by an Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officer in Massapequa Park. Breitkopf, 40, of Selden, was a member of the force's Bureau of Special Operations and was shot after a knife-wielding man had been killed at the scene by Nassau police.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale will host the 139th Departmental Awards Ceremony at the Kenneth Riland Theatre at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.
At the event, which starts at 7 p.m., other honors will be given out, including medals for valor and distinguished service and a lifesaving award.