In a packed church, as thousands of law enforcement officers in their dress blues lined the streets outside, four daughters said goodbye Monday to their dad, fallen NYPD Det. Peter Figoski.
"Our father would be so honored and so proud by all of this, and is forever in our hearts," said Corinne, 14, Caroline 16, Caitlyn, 18 and Christine, 20, in a statement read by a family friend at the funeral Mass for the officer at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church on Long Island.
The daughters closed their message with a simple, "Rest in peace, daddy."
A statement was also read on behalf of Figoski's former wife, Paulette, who said, "God bless you, Peter. May you hold my father's hand in heaven and watch over our children. I promise to do my best to take care of them always."
Figoski, 47, who was gunned down last Monday while responding to a robbery in Cypress Hills, was remembered yesterday as a gritty city cop who also could display a gentle touch, especially when it came to his daughters.
In his eulogy, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called Figoski's devotion to family legendary, with his locker at the 75th Precinct "covered with pictures of his four beloved daughters."
Figoski, a distinguished officer with 22 years of service, earned a dozen medals, including one of the department's highest honors, the Medal for Exceptional Merit.
"Other officers just felt safer knowing Pete was around," Kelly said. "To quote one of them, 'This was the guy you wanted to show up if one of your family members ever needed help.' "
Mayor Michael Bloomberg also spoke, telling Figoski's family, "We will be there for you always," and also announcing the officer's promotion to detective, retroactive to one year ago.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes will hold a news conference Tuesday to announce the five indictments for the fatal shooting of Det. Peter Figoski and to disclose more details about the charges and the case.
On Friday, the five men accused in Figoski's death, including suspected gunman Lamont Pride, were indicted on murder charges and ordered held without bail.