Anthony Bocchimuzzo, a Suffolk police civilian supervisor of 911 dispatchers who also did training for the innovative ShotSpotter program, has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 49.
A Coram resident, Bocchimuzzo died Sunday at Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson after being stricken at home.
“He was an invaluable member of the department,” said Robert Cassagne, chief of support services. “He was easygoing, hardworking and extremely cooperative with everyone with whom he came into contact.”
Cassagne added: “His attitude was always, ‘How can I help you get this project done?’ He always took the initiative, did it to the best of his ability and made everyone more at ease.”
Bocchimuzzo graduated from Mercy High School in Riverhead and worked as a dispatcher for the Coram and Setauket fire departments before starting work as a civilian police dispatcher at 23. He rose through the ranks to become a supervisor of dispatchers and later took on additional duties for the department.
He led training and compiled data for the ShotSpotter program, which uses acoustic equipment in high-crime areas to pinpoint gunfire and alert patrol officers. The program operates in North Bellport, Wyandanch, Huntington Station, North Amityville and Brentwood.
He also served as communications coordinator in situations where Suffolk police interacted with state and federal agencies.
In addition to his police work, Bocchimuzzo was a volunteer firefighter for 31 years in Coram, where he served as a lieutenant and helped the department maintain its radio equipment.
As a young man, Bocchimuzzo got a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying as a hobby. He married his wife Kimberly in 2001 after a five-year courtship.
“They were made for each other,” said Kristin Simon, his sister-in-law.
Survivors include his parents, Anthony and Mary Bocchimuzzo of Coram; his wife and two sons, James and Nicholas; and his sister, Lisa Bocchimuzzo of Bayside.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Coram on Thursday, followed by burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, also in Coram.
Donations may be made to the Bocchimuzzo Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O 6 Vintage Ct., Middle Island, NY 11953.