The NYPD dedicated a plaque to the memory of Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo Saturday, drawing Sergeant Tuozzolo’s wife Lisa, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner James O’Neill and several hundred other guests to the 43rd Precinct in Soundview. It was exactly one year since Tuozzolo was killed in the line of duty, as he and his colleagues sought to apprehend an armed man who had repeatedly violently attacked his wife.
Mayor de Blasio, Police Commissioner O’Neill, Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins and Lisa Tuozzolo spoke, with a plaque unveiling concluding the ceremony. Lisa Tuozzolo spoke movingly of her late husband, from the small detail of a last kiss the morning of his death and glimpses into their happy life together to the brutal abruptness of losing him and the raw, at times overwhelming, sadness at his absence.
Mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis also attended, welcomed by SBA President Ed Mullins. (The SBA has endorsed Malliotakis in the race for mayor.) She did not address the audience, but Mullins acknowledged her presence during his remarks. Mayor de Blasio had acknowledged some Bronx elected officials attending, but not Malliotakis.