This morning we were once again reminded that clearly, our GREATEST CHANCE as a Firefighter to traumatically lose our lives, is being killed in the Line of Duty-struck on a roadway.
THIS MORNING a drunk driver hit and killed an NYPD Highway Patrol Officer (who was on scene of a previous deadly crash) while managing traffic on the Long Island Expressway (Interstate 495).
Highway Patrolman Anastasios Tsakos was directing traffic after that initial fatal crash in Queens (where NYPD rescued occupants of a burning vehicle). Unfortunately one of those occupants died. As Tsakos was working the initial crash, a drunk driver struck him about 0200 hours. Tsakos, a 14-year veteran of the force, was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries. He was 43 years old.
Officer Tsakos is survived by his wife, Irene, and their 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.
The drunk driver is Jessica Beauvais, 32, of Hempstead and she was taken into custody on charges of vehicular manslaughter, suspended license and intoxicated driving after she drove away from the scene. Her car was extensively damaged with a shattered windshield.
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…..AND TWO MORE BRUTAL REMINDERS FOR FIREFIGHTERS & EMS PERSONNEL:
LOUISIANA LAST FRIDAY: Tow operator struck and killed on I-12 while assisting a stranded driver- just before 0600 hours on Friday, April 23rd, Tyler Patrick Quave, a 23-year-old tow truck operator was in the process of helping a stranded driver on the shoulder of I-12 eastbound when he was killed in the Line of Duty.
WASHINGTON LAST SATURDAY: A tow operator was struck and killed in wreck on I-5 in Washington. The crash killed three people, including a tow operator in the Line of Duty. The incident injured two others as well, last Saturday morning, April 24th. Tragically, Art Anderson (owner of Affordable Towing) lost his life in the Line of Duty.
These reminders hit hard as fire & EMS personnel operate on roadways every hour of everyday across North America, and the world.
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