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Remembering Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf

Father Joe DeAngelo, left, and Nassau County Police

Father Joe DeAngelo, left, and Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki, right, present Paula Breitkopf, center, with a ceremonial stone as the Nassau County Police Department holds a ceremony in Massapequa Park in honor of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Fellow officers, friends and family members pay their respects to Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, who was shot and killed March 12, 2011, in Massapequa Park.

Bureau of Special Operations Officer Dwight Blankenship, right,
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Bureau of Special Operations Officer Dwight Blankenship, right, views a memorial stone during a ceremony in honor of Nassau Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

The memorial stone in honor of Police Officer
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The memorial stone in honor of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf is unveiled during a Nassau County Police Department ceremony in Massapequa Park. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Father Joe DeAngelo, left, and Nassau County Police
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Father Joe DeAngelo, left, and Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki, right, present Paula Breitkopf, center, with a ceremonial stone as the Nassau County Police Department holds a ceremony in Massapequa Park in honor of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Bureau of Special Operations Police Officer Rafael Morales
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Bureau of Special Operations Police Officer Rafael Morales poses with the memorial stone as the Nassau County Police Department holds a ceremony in Massapequa Park in honor of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

BSO Police Officer David Brown views the memorial
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BSO Police Officer David Brown views the memorial stone as the Nassau County Police Department holds a ceremony in Massapequa Park in honor of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Officials unveiled a memorial in Massapequa Park Saturday
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Officials unveiled a memorial in Massapequa Park Saturday to honor Geoffrey Breitkopf, a Nassau police officer killed in the line of duty. Breitkopf's wife, Paula, and son, Owen, 6, stand with friends and family as the memorial is unveiled at the corner of Clark Boulevard and Front Street. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Police gather for a memorial in Massapequa Park
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Police gather for a memorial in Massapequa Park to honor fallen Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf, who was accidentally killed in the line of duty. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Paula Breitkopf and her son Owen, 6, stand
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Paula Breitkopf and her son Owen, 6, stand with supporters as they watch the unveiling of the memorial for fallen Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Police officers salute during a ceremony in Massapequa
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Police officers salute during a ceremony in Massapequa Park in honor of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Members of the Nassau County Police Honor Guard
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Members of the Nassau County Police Honor Guard march during a ceremony in Massapequa Park in honor of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Police Officer John Meehan walks with a ceremonial
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Police Officer John Meehan walks with a ceremonial stone to present to the family of fallen Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Father Joe DeAngelo, left, and Nassau County Police
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Father Joe DeAngelo, left, and Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki, right, hug Paula Breitkopf, center, as the Nassau County Police Department holds a ceremony in Massapequa Park in honor of her husband, Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Police officers salute during a ceremony in Massapequa
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Police officers salute during a ceremony in Massapequa Park in honor of Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (Nov. 9, 2013)

Flowers mark the grave Wednesday of fallen Nassau
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Flowers mark the grave Wednesday of fallen Nassau Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram. Breitkopf, who was working in plainclothes, was killed by friendly fire in March about a year ago. (Feb. 29, 2012)

Flowers are tied to a pole outside a
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Flowers are tied to a pole outside a house on Fourth Avenue in Massapequa Park, where about a year ago a resident and a Nassau police officer were killed. On March 12, 2011, resident Anthony DiGeronimo was fatally shot by Nassau County police, and moments later Nassau County Police officer Geoffrey Breitkopf was accidentally shot and killed by an MTA police officer. An investigation has cleared the officer. (Feb. 28, 2012)

A Selden fire department caisson truck carries the
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A Selden fire department caisson truck carries the coffin of fallen Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf in Selden on Friday, March 18, 2011.

Members of the Nassau County Police Department leave
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Members of the Nassau County Police Department leave the funeral of Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church in Selden. (March 18, 2011)

Members of the Selden fire department sit outside
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Members of the Selden fire department sit outside the funeral of Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church in Selden. From left, Bob Davidson, Darrell Zeis and Rich Cotty, sit next to the boots of fellow member Geoffrey Breitkopf. (March 18, 2011)

Scenes from the funeral of Nassau County Police
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Scenes from the funeral of Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church in Selden. (March 18, 2011)

Nassau County Police Chief of Department Steve Skrynecki
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Nassau County Police Chief of Department Steve Skrynecki shakes the hands of officers lined up at the funeral for Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church in Selden. (March 18, 2011)

The death of Nassau police officers Geoffrey J.
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The death of Nassau police officers Geoffrey J. Breitkopf and Michael J. Califano
Highway patrolman Michael J. Califano died February 5 after a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway in which a trucker who dozed 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.

Nassau Police 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.

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Pallbearers carry the coffin at the funeral for Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church in Selden. (March 18, 2011)

Helicopters do a flyover at the funeral for
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Helicopters do a flyover at the funeral for Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church Selden. (March 18, 2011)

Thousands of police officers and firefighters line up
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Thousands of police officers and firefighters line up to pay their respects to fallen Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf in Selden on Friday March 18, 2011.

A motorcade of officers rides in the funeral
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A motorcade of officers rides in the funeral procession for fallen Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf in Selden on Friday, March 18, 2011.

Hundreds of police officers gather outside the Selden
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Hundreds of police officers gather outside the Selden fire department as Geoffrey J. Breitkopf's coffin is taken to his funeral. (March 18, 2011)

Fellow Bureau of Special Operations officers of Geoffrey
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Fellow Bureau of Special Operations officers of Geoffrey J. Breitkopf outside the Selden fire department with his wife, Paula, and their two sons, Owen and Connor, as the coffin was being prepared to be put on a fire truck. (March 18, 2011)

The coffin of police officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf
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The coffin of police officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf is carried to a fire truck outside the Selden fire department. (March 18, 2011)

Paula Breitkopf, the wife of fallen Police Officer
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Paula Breitkopf, the wife of fallen Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, and one of their two sons, Owen, outside the Selden fire department as his coffin is removed from the Selden fire department. (March 18, 2011)

Nassau County police officers carry the coffin of
Photo Credit: James Carbone

Nassau County police officers carry the coffin of Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf out of the Selden fire department as fellow Bureau of Special Operations officers salute and the officer's wife, Paula, and two young children, Owen, left, and Connor look on. (March 18, 2011)

Firefighters and police officers arrive by the hundreds
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Firefighters and police officers arrive by the hundreds Thursday night at the Selden fire department to pay their respects at the wake for Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (March 17, 2011)

Firefighters and police officers came by the hundreds
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Firefighters and police officers came by the hundreds Thursday night to pay their respects at the wake for Nassau County Police officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (March 17, 2011)

Firefighters and police officers came by the hundreds
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Firefighters and police officers came by the hundreds Thursday night to pay their respects at the wake for Nassau County Police officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. (March 17, 2011)

Firefighters and police officers came by the hundreds
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Firefighters and police officers came by the hundreds Thursday night to pay their respects at the wake for Nassau County Police officer Geoffrey Breitkopf. Breitkopf, 40, a 12-year veteran, was accidentally shot to death March 12 in Massapequa Park by an officer from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police. (March 17, 2011)

With the name of police officer Geoffrey Breitkopf
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With the name of police officer Geoffrey Breitkopf inscribed on the sides and on the hood, Nassau County Police car number 613 was displayed prominently outside the Selden Fire Department, where the wake for the slain police officer was held Thursday night. (March 17, 2011)

Police officer Philip Brady, left, consoles fellow officer
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Police officer Philip Brady, left, consoles fellow officer John Lasala as he tries to compose himself to say a few words to the media during the wake for Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf. (March 16, 2011)

The body of Nassau police officer Geoffrey J.
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The body of Nassau police officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf arrives at the Selden Fire Department in Selden. (March 16, 2011)

The body of Nassau police officer Geoffrey J.
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The body of Nassau police officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf arrives at the Selden Fire Department in Selden. (March 16, 2011)

The Breitkopf family -- Paula, Connor, 6, Owen,
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The Breitkopf family -- Paula, Connor, 6, Owen, 3, and Geoffrey Breitkopf. Geoffrey Breitkopf was a Nassau police officer who police said was accidently shot and killed by an MTA officer while on duty in Massapequa Park on March 12, 2011.

Geoffrey and Paula Breitkopf on their wedding day
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Geoffrey and Paula Breitkopf on their wedding day in 2002. The couple met in college.

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