RICHMOND HILL, Queens — Fallen NYPD Det. Brian Simonsen was honored Wednesday at a memorial Mass marking the anniversary of his death.
Simonsen, 42, was remembered for his devotion to his family, the police department and his community on Long Island.
“When we lose a member of our police force, our whole city learns about the life of a good man and we learn it too late,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during the Mass at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, Queens. “There’s no question how special a human being Brian was and how missed he is.”
Burglary suspect Christopher Ransom allegedly charged at officers inside the store and pointed a fake gun at them. The officers fired 42 shots and Simonsen was fatally struck, police said.
Ransom was charged with robbery, aggravated manslaughter and menacing, according to police.