Funeral Arrangements Set For Fallen Officer

Nassau Police officer Joseph P. Olivieri, killed in the line of duty, will be memorialized in Ronkonkoma.

Funeral arrangements have been set for fallen Nassau County Police officer Joseph P. Olivieri, who was struck and killed while responding to a crash on the Long Island Expressway early Thursday.

Olivieri, 43, of Middle Island, was a member of the force since 1998 and a 19-year law enforcement veteran. He is survived by his two children, Amanda, 21, and Daniel, 18, as well as his wife, Mary-Ann, father, Joseph Sr., and two brothers, Paul and Michael.

Visitation will be at the Ronkonkoma Fire Department Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Church at 45 Church Street in Ronkonkoma Monday at noon followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.

Jason October 20, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Where's Sen Schumer here?? This highways lighting was defective as so many highways are in NY. How many times do people have to get killed before we get action here. Case in Point...... Sunrise Hwy in Valley Stream have been broken down for over 40 years w/o solution. So many accidents and serious injuries can directly be tied to this neglect. Ironically, it is budget cuts that affect these repairs. Budget cuts due to the high salaries pensions and perks of so many of our municipal workers and leaders. Something to Ponder My deep sympathies to Patrolman Oliveris family and friends
bob young October 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM
apparently we have money to burn on road maintenance these days. Just witness the project started on the west side of the roslyn viaduct. Apparently some highway genius in Albany thought we needed to widen the road there and build a retaining wall. Besides not being necessary, they took down many many trees to make way for the wall.
Jason October 20, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The assinine political patronage can only be checked by voting down all the incumbents. You must vote the primaries if you want to stay within the party lines.
Cathy October 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
R.I.P. I can only hope that out of this horrific tragedy, that people will realize the serious consequenses of drinking & drugging & driving. He should not have lost his life for this. I dont know what gives people the right to think they can get behind the wheel of a car in that condition
J Boyd October 21, 2012 at 03:48 AM
any alcohol in the blood would have had him arrested---not the amount--once there is an injury/fatality. I am not an attorney but i belive this to be true. i will look this up. if it werent for the ILLEGALLY DRUNK driver causing the initial accident, this officer wouldnt be out on the highway trying to save this idiots dumb ass. (being that the drunk was out of his car and standing on the highway--idiot)
J Boyd October 21, 2012 at 04:02 AM
The police officer got out of his car to check on the idiot that was walking around on the highway (the drunk) and because he is a FIRST RESPONDER and must attend to aideds (injured people). Those lights are dazzling to protect the officer and YOU. It is warning you of a dangerous condition and telling you to look around. Not to rubberneck and stare at the lights. Slow down and look for the problem! The street lights not working is disgusting and definitely contributed. As to your pathetic analysis of the accident and comparing it to running a stop sign--if the driver was hit instead, the family would sue the police. This is where we live-NY. Your story points out that an officer stops someone before hurting someone else. Too late for the multiple accidents the drunk caused. He is 100% responsible for the chain of events causing his death. RIP Brother and God bless your family.
J Boyd October 21, 2012 at 04:04 AM
and PO Breitkopf being killed because of the strobe lights????????????? Absolutely ridiculous.
paul October 21, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I doubt that: "The street lights not working is disgusting and definitely contributed."
bob young October 21, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Then the driver that actually hit and killed the officer was reckless and should also be charged with vehicular manslaughter as well? No! The death of this officer was a tragic accident. Lets just call it for what it is and hold those accountable for what they did and stop trying to place blame for what was an accident. Did the 25 yr old driver commit a crime or crimes? It appears he did, but he is innocent until proven guilty. Is he responsible for the death of this fine officer? No he is not.
bob young October 21, 2012 at 04:34 AM
has the sequence of events that led to his accidental shooting been investigated and resolved to prevent similar tragedies in the future?
bob young October 21, 2012 at 04:43 AM
PO Boyd, I know who you are and you know me. The death of this officer is tragic, but to suggest that this driver who made a mistake and did commit a crime, is 100% responsible for the chain of events that led to officer Olivieri's death is not reasonable or fair. I hope you can put aside your hostility toward the citizens you encounter going forward and not blame them and arrest them for things they did not contribute to.
bob young October 21, 2012 at 05:09 AM
I do not believe that "any" alcohol in the blood would have led to an arrest without a crime being committed. That's why a legal alcohol limit was set. An arrest may have occurred but should be quickly dismissed if it did. The fact that someone had alcohol in their blood in the vicinity of a crime or accident, does not make them responsible nor guilty. Officers needs to be familiar with the laws to which they are sworn to uphold.
J Boyd October 21, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Hi Mr Young! And its "retired" PO now!!!!!!!!!!!!! The operative word here is "CONTRIBUTING". Everybody affected by this accident is so affected because a drunk driver caused an accident. He was the contributing factor. The multitute of attorneys in this state will now handle it and it could have any outcome. I mean OJ was innocent, right!!!!!!!! The driver of the Escalade is the one involved in a tragedy--one he will live with for the rest of his life-- because of the contributing factors of the drunk driver. If he didnt have an accident and get out of his car-- none of this would have happened. Can you understand the contributing factor now??????????? And if you do know me as you say-- I take offense at your comment about me being hostile toward the citizens I encounter. You know that is not me. And their are many many that I still see and talk to that would disagree with you. I truly mean it when I say that I would feel the same way if this was about a civilian. You are appearing to be anti-cop. That is not what this is about. Its about a senseless tragedy that was caused by a criminal action. Period. And about the friendly fire case-- steps have definitely been made to prevent that from happening again. And it had nothing to do with the lights. I am not at liberty to say what happened- but arrogance was a contributing factor. There is that word again! Confusion is another. Nuff said. Was really nice chatting with you!!!!!!!
bob young October 21, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Im not "anti-cop" by any means. I know the police do gret things for the citizens. But there are some PO's who get somewhat over zealous. This is clearly a tragic incident, but just because there was an initial crime aledgedly commited does not make the person responsible for all future events. At what point would you stop attributing crimes to this driver? what if the officer was being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and the ambulance was hit by a car, and the driver was killed and the officer then died because of subsequent injuries. Does the driver of the car that caused an initial accident that then led to 2 or 3 other accidents removed from the first incident, be held accountable for all subsequent incidences that night, or perhaps more forward in time?
J Boyd October 21, 2012 at 05:38 AM
to Mr Young in re to your other nasty comment!!!-----I was just a bit off---under 21 yrs old .02% bac. When you memorize the NYS penal law, VTL, CPL, Public Health laws and the ABC laws--question me then. That is why we carry these volumes with us. What happened to you? You seem quite angry?
J Boyd October 21, 2012 at 05:41 AM
your next scenario needs to be answered by an attorney methinks!!!!!!
J Boyd October 21, 2012 at 05:42 AM
my thoughts on these ridiculous scenarios just to prove this drunk kid innocent---no--if the ambulance has an acc etc. i would say not. but one good attorney could turn anything around!
bob young October 21, 2012 at 05:53 AM
the drunk kid is not responsbile for the death of the officer no matter how much you want it to be so. He should be held accountable for what he did, not for a chain of events he had no control over. That is my only point
Robert P. October 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
bob. if the fallen officer was your relative would you have the same opinion or would it change?
bob young October 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I would have the same opinion
paul October 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
To Nassau Taxpayer: Your comment - There is quite a bit of research suggesting high power LED arrays do distract, dazzle and in some cases can cause direct harm. If you set them up for your own pleasure and stare at the darn things perhaps. I am glad the dazzeling lights get your attention on the roadway. SLOW DOWN AND BE AWARE that is what they are for. and good if your eyeballs are stunned. It did what they had to do. Got your attention to do the right thing. SLOW DOWN AND BE AWARE OF THE POLICE ACTIVITY ON THE ROADWAY.....
Karen Young October 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
The law should simply be no drinking & driving period. Responsible people do not drink & drive & put others into jeopardy because of their selfish foolishness. It is personal responsibility and people no longer have any. Yes, this kid is responsible for his "mistakes" and stupid judgment which resulted in another person being killed. Whether a cop or not, his actions caused someone to lose their life. He needs to pay. Persecute away!
Kelly October 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM
He is totally not responsible they can try doubt the charges stick what it all comes down to is what the law says and this scenario is a stretch its unfortunate but there are other factors someone wants to mention drugs.. He had adder all which is used to treat add and had an ex it wasnt like he had a bag if heroin a de prescribed it as per the papers .the driver of the SUV is not completely innocent
bob young October 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM
What happened was a tragedy. It shouldnt result in ignoring the laws so someone is held responsible for the death of the officer. A tragic accident, but that is what it is an accident. The fact that the driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter is also a tragedy
Common Sense October 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
This tragedy occurred on a VERY WELL LIT section of the expressway with a half mile straightaway leading up to it. Only someone driving well over the speed limit AND distracted could have failed to see the accident scene until the last second. The driver of the Cadillac escalade must have some good connections for the police & DA to use mr Ryan as the scapegoat. Unless this persecution, I mean prosecution, is politically motivated. Some people just don't want the facts to get in the way of a good persecution. That's the way it was in Salem Massachusetts before people realized the witches really weren't responsible for all things bad that happen. My heart goes out to the Olivieri family for their loss and for the cover up.
bob young October 25, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Nassau DA's office is totally political and toally in to persecution. Justice is not a word DA Rice or her staff are familiar with nor care much about
bob young October 25, 2012 at 04:27 PM
When the DA's office suggest they represent "the people" it makes me want to cringe
Common Sense October 25, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Yes this absolutely REEKS of politics and cover up. Did the driver of the Cadillac escalade give a blood sample?? Why not?? They killed a police officer after all. Oh wait, I forgot, there was someone in the vicinity with a BAC of .09 An easy target for political gain. An easy scapegoat to get the connected Cadillac driver off the hook. Maybe a fundraiser for mr Ryan's defense is in order. We can't allow witch hunters to prevail. Not in the 21st century. And a special investigation should be conducted to determine why the Cadillac Escalade is not being held accountable for their actions.
J Boyd October 26, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Don't you conspiracy theorists think that a cops kid (Mr.Ryan) would be the one avioiding prosecution if all these scary theories you say are true???????? Did you miss that in the article?? I do agree--the Escalade should be looked into--but how do you know it wasn't???? Leave the law to the professionals. The lawyers make it entertaining enough. A police officer was killed performing his duties. I can promise you any and every avenue was checked and double checked, especially because of an officers death.
Marie C December 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
You are supposed to move over when you see the lights as well.


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