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Police Officer Michael Califano remembered

Nassau County Police Mounted Unit salute and honor

Nassau County Police Mounted Unit salute and honor fallen officer Michael Califano outside Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, Thursday. (Feb. 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael Califano died after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his patrol car during a traffic stop Feb. 4, 2011, on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said.

Jackie Califano, with her sons Michael, 14, Andrew,
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Jackie Califano, with her sons Michael, 14, Andrew, 6, and Christopher, 11, attend Thursday's funeral services in Seaford for Jackie Califano's husband, Nassau police officer Michael Califano. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Chris Califano, 11, wears his dad's hat during
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Chris Califano, 11, wears his dad's hat during the funeral of Nassau police officer Michael Califano in Seaford, Thursday. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Nassau County Police Mounted Unit salute and honor
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Nassau County Police Mounted Unit salute and honor fallen officer Michael Califano outside Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, Thursday. (Feb. 10, 2011)

SEAFORD, NY. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2011. Funeral services
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SEAFORD, NY. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2011. Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. Califano was killed after a trucker allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into his patrol car.

Motorcycle police officers line the street near the
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Motorcycle police officers line the street near the cemetary where Michael Califano is buried in Westbury, Thursday. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Motorcycle police officers line the street near the
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Motorcycle police officers line the street near the cemetary where Michael Califano is buried in Westbury, Thursday. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Firefighters salute as police officer Michael Califano is
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Firefighters salute as police officer Michael Califano is buried in a Westbury cemetary. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Jackie Califano, with her sons Michael, 13, Andrew,
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Jackie Califano, with her sons Michael, 13, Andrew, 6, and Christopher, 11, look up as helicopters fly over the church during Thursday's funeral services in Seaford for Jackie Califano's husband, Nassau Police Officer Michael Califano. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Jackie Califano, with her sons Michael, 14, Andrew,
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Jackie Califano, with her sons Michael, 14, Andrew, 6, and Christopher, 11, attend Thursday's funeral services in Seaford for Jackie Califano's husband, Nassau police officer Michael Califano. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J.
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Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 11, 2011)

An aerial view of the funeral procession for
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An aerial view of the funeral procession for Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano is shown in Seaford, Thursday. (Feb. 10, 2011)

SEAFORD, NY. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2011. Funeral services
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SEAFORD, NY. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2011. Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. Califano was killed after a trucker allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into his patrol car.

Hundreds of police officers attend the funeral of
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Hundreds of police officers attend the funeral of Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano, Thursday, in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

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SEAFORD, NY. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2011. Ffuneral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. Califano was killed after a trucker allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into his patrol car.

The death of Nassau Police Officer Michael J.
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The death of Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano
Highway patrolman Michael J. Califano died Feb. 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.

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Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano were held at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

SEAFORD, NY. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2011. Ffuneral services
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SEAFORD, NY. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2011. Ffuneral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. Califano was killed after a trucker allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into his patrol car.

Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J.
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Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

A police officer attends the funeral services for
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A police officer attends the funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J.
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Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J.
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Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J.
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Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J.
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Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 11, 2011)

Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J.
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Funeral services for Nassau Police Officer Michael J. Califano at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

The hearse arrives for the funeral of Michael
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The hearse arrives for the funeral of Michael J. Califano, held at Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano,
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Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano, 44, was struck and killed in a crash during a traffic stop Feb. 4, 2011, on the Long Island Expressway.

Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano,
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Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano, 44, was struck and killed in a crash during a traffic stop Feb. 4, 2011, on the Long Island Expressway.

Michael Califano is seen with his sons Michael,
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Michael Califano is seen with his sons Michael, Christopher and Andrew, as well as his wife Jackie.

Nassau police officers stand next to a highway
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Nassau police officers stand next to a highway patrol car dedicated to officer Michael Califano, Wednesday, in Wantagh. (Feb. 9, 2011)

Friends and family gather at the wake of
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Friends and family gather at the wake of fallen Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano in Massapequa. (Feb. 9, 2011)

Members of the Police Department, friends and family
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Members of the Police Department, friends and family gather at Massapequa Funeral Home's South Chapel for the wake of Nassau Police officer Michael J. Califano. (Feb. 8, 2011)

Members of the Police Department, friends and family
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Members of the Police Department, friends and family gather at Massapequa Funeral Home's South Chapel for the wake of Nassau Police officer Michael J. Califano. (Feb. 8, 2011)

A Nassau County Highway Patrol officer died of

A Nassau County Highway Patrol officer died of injuries suffered when his police car was hit from behind during a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway at Exit 39. (Feb. 5, 2011)

A Nassau County Highway Patrol officer died of

A Nassau County Highway Patrol officer died of injuries suffered when his police car was hit from behind during a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway at Exit 39. (Feb. 5, 2011)

John Kaley, 27, originally was charged with criminally
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John Kaley, 27, originally was charged with criminally negligent homicide, a felony which carries a top prison sentence of four years. (Feb. 8, 2011)

John Kaley arrives at Nassau County Court in
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John Kaley arrives at Nassau County Court in Mineola. (Feb. 8, 2011)

John Kaley, who police say fell asleep while
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John Kaley, who police say fell asleep while driving on the LIE before he struck and killed a police officer, leaves Nassau County Courthouse, Tuesday, in Mineola. (Feb. 8, 2011)

Elizabeth Berdan leaves court after her fiance, truck
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Elizabeth Berdan leaves court after her fiance, truck driver John Kaley, appeared in court Tuesday in Mineola. (Feb. 8, 2011)

John Kaley, 25, of New Britain, Conn. is

John Kaley, 25, of New Britain, Conn. is seen in a mug shot. Police said the flatbed truck Kaley was driving caused an accident Feb. 4, 2011, on the LIE in which Officer Michael J. Califano was killed. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano,
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Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano, 44, was struck and killed in a crash during a traffic stop Feb. 4, 2011, on the Long Island Expressway. Califano is seen in a file photo taken Nov. 5, 2009, as he guards an office holding Election Day paper ballots from the Nassau county executive's race.

Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano,
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Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano, 44, was struck and killed in a crash during a traffic stop Feb. 4, 2011, on the Long Island Expressway. Califano is seen in a file photo taken Nov. 5, 2009, as he guards an office holding Election Day paper ballots from the Nassau county executive's race.

Nassau County Police Officer Michael J. Califano, 44,
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Nassau County Police Officer Michael J. Califano, 44, died early Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said.

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury, police said. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police

Michael J. Califano, a veteran Nassau County police officer, was pronounced dead about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 5, 2011, at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. Police said Califano died early Saturday after a flatbed truck slammed into the rear of his stopped patrol car on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury. Califano, 44, had pulled over a box truck in the westbound lanes near Exit 39 for insufficient lighting at 10:55 p.m. Friday, police said. (Feb. 5, 2011)

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