Firefighters Salute Motorcade of Slain Detective

Firefighters from local fire departments joined the salute Wednesday evening for the motorcade of  NPYD Detective Brian Simonsen who was killed in Queens Tuesday.

As the motorcade passed under an overpass on the Long Island Expressway at Route 110, firefighters from South Farmingdale, Melville, Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington Manor formed an honor guard. Other departments lined other overpasses as the motorcade went by, heading east for his services.

Simonsen, a Calverton resident, was accidentally shot by other officers while responding to an attempted robbery of a cellphone store in Richmond Hill.

NYPD said the detective and his supervisor, Sgt. Matthew Gorman, who was wounded, were shot after the robber ran toward them holding what turned out to be a fake gun.

The DeFriest Grattan Funeral Home said a wake is scheduled for Monday 7-9 pm and on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. All services will be held at Saint Rosalie Roman Catholic Church, 31 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, New York 11946.

Interment will be at the Jamesport Cemetery following the funeral mass.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone ordred flags at half-staff in the detective’s memory.

Photo from the Huntington Manor Fire Department Facebook page.




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