President-elect Donald Trump called a slain officer's wife to offer his condolences on Nov. 10, the day family, friends and fellow police officers paid tribute to the New York City police sergeant shot and killed on Nov. 4 in the line of duty.
An estimated 15,000 police officers from around the nation gathered to pay their respects to Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo at funeral services held for him in Massapequa, New York.
Tuozzolo was fatally shot in the head in a gunfire exchange with an armed man on a Bronx street on Nov. 4. He was one of the law enforcement officers responding to a report of a home break-in by ex-con Manuel Rosales at the residence of his estranged wife.
Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo, one of the police officers who accompanied Tuozzolo to the scene of the crime, was shot multiple times in his right leg during the shootout. He attended Tuozzolo's funeral service despite his injuries.
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Trump called Tuozzolo's widow on the morning of Nov. 10 to extend his sympathies.
"I’m very sorry I cannot be there with you today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time," Trump said, a source told the New York Post. "I want to express my condolences from me and my family."
Trump has publicly expressed support for the NYPD, going so far as to mention them in his victory speech on Nov. 9.
"Law enforcement in New York City. They are here tonight. They are spectacular people," he said. "Sometimes underappreciated, unfortunately -- but we appreciate them."
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Tuozzolo was posthumously promoted to sergeant special-assignment by NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill during the funeral -- an act that was met with a standing ovation.
"Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo was everything we could ever wish for in an officer," said O'Neill, ABC News reports. "Paul protected all New Yorkers, and he died while keeping people safe."
Tuozzolo's wife Lisa and their two young sons, Joseph and Austin, walked alongside the flag-draped casket as fellow police officers carried the coffin.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Police Commissioner William Bratton and Cardinal Timothy Dolan were notable figures who also attended the slain officer's funeral services to pay their respects.