NEW YORK - An online fundraising campaign has raised more than $64,000 for the family of a police officer who was killed on Tuesday by a hit-and-run driver.
NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos was directing traffic at a crash scene on the Long Island Expressway when he was hit and killed.
Tsakos was a 14-year veteran of the NYPD. Tsakos, 43, left behind a wife, a 6-year-old daughter, and a 3-year-old son.
Nearly 600 people had donated by Wednesday afternoon.
A photo shows NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos.
The family wrote on the GoFundMe page: "Words cannot describe the emptiness his family and dearest friends feel. He was the light in many lives ... We ask that everyone thinks before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence. Think about what effects it may have on someone’s family, friends, and colleagues."