East Syracuse Minoa assists family of fallen hero cop Artur Kasprzak

Artur Kasprzak, left, with girlfriend Lisa.

Artur Kasprzak, left, with girlfriend Lisa. Provided

— At the funeral, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Kasprzak “loved his job, loved his partner, loved being a part of the NYPD, and he loved New York City. He wouldn’t have traded it for the world.”

Kasprzak, who worked out of the 1st Precinct in lower Manhattan, could be called the NYPD’s poster boy in more ways than one; his face could be seen on a poster made for recruits advertising the Police Academy’s motto of “crime fighting, counter-terrorism and community relations.”

“He was the kind of guy who could work an overtime shift, then be told he had to do another, and just take it in stride, with a smile on his face,” Bloomberg said.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called Kasprzak “one of our very best.”

The Consulate General from Poland also spoke; Kasprzak was a first generation Polish immigrant. Avellino said the funeral was extremely emotional, “because we did not expect it to be so full of pomp and circumstance.”

“From the funeral home all the way to the church there were numerous police standing at attention along the road,” he said. “There must have been about 2,000 police officers standing at attention.”

He said the donations that came in when word got out about his connection to the events of Sandy showed what the community is all about.

“The grace of people and the generosity and the caring, it just speaks loudly that the community cares,” he said. “That the staff at the high school and the staff at Pine Grove, they all care.”

Ned Campbell can be reached at editor@eaglebulletin.com.

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