There was something special about Suffolk auxiliary police Capt. Anthony DeNoyior, according to grieving colleagues who described him as a rock-solid guy dedicated to serving his community.
DeNoyior, who died Sunday at 55 from the coronavirus, was prepared for just about anything — but he could also make even the most mundane assignments fun, they said.
"Anthony was a great guy and a wonderful officer who always did everything above and beyond what was asked," Suffolk Police Chief Jeremiah Dunne said. "He was very well-regarded by the department and his community, and he will be missed."
DeNoyior, of Deer Park, had been a volunteer with the department’s auxiliary police since September 2002 and served in the First Precinct in West Babylon. He is survived by his wife, Stacy, and two sons, Joseph, 22, and Nicholas, 17.
“COVID-19 has taken the lives of far too many people and now it has directly hit the department with the loss of a member in our police family,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “Anthony DeNoyior spent close to two decades volunteering his time with the auxiliary police which speaks volumes to his selflessness and love of his community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
DeNoyior was stationed in the Suffolk County Police Department's First Precinct, which includes Deer Park, where he had been a Little League coach. "He loved serving his community," Dunne said.
Salvatore Marinello of West Babylon, a retired Suffolk auxiliary officer, remembered working with DeNoyior at a Christmas parade in frigid temperatures a few years ago. What could have been an awful day, Marinello remembered, turned into a memorable one, thanks to DeNoyior's charm and humor.
"He turned it into a fun assignment," Marinello said. "He was such a funny guy. He was so warm and so welcoming."
Marinello said he was especially impressed with DeNoyior's devotion to his sons. DeNoyior was eager to attend every one of his sons' games and events. "I'm not going to miss this opportunity to be with my kids," Marinello remembered DeNoyior saying.
DeNoyior worked as a senior production operations manager for Broadridge Financial Solutions, overseeing the production of financial documents. "Anthony was a great guy," former co-worker Ryan Humann said. "Such a vibrant personality. It doesn't surprise me that he was an auxiliary cop. He loved to be around people."
The Suffolk County Auxiliary Police is a volunteer civil defense force equipped and trained to assist the SCPD in an effort to improve police response to the needs of the residents of Suffolk County.
Suffolk police said 84 uniformed officers have tested positive for the coronavirus. Fifty-three of those officers have returned to work.
A GoFundMe page has been set up and proceeds will go to his family.