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Funeral for RPD Officer Mazurkiewicz

Funeral for RPD Officer Mazurkiewicz

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Updated: August 02, 2022 06:40 AM
Created: July 25, 2022 02:41 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The funeral for fallen Rochester police Officer Tony Mazurkiewicz was held on Monday at the Blue Cross Arena. Family members, friends, fellow officers, and faith leaders gave eulogies.

Bryce, the daughter of Mazurkiewicz, spoke about traveling to softball tournaments and trying new restaurants with her father. 

"I've never imagined a world where he won't see me graduate college, start my dream job at Strong, or walk me down the aisle.  ...I really can't fathom that this is our reality," Bryce said.

Brooks, also a daughter of Mazurkiewicz, said her children will miss spending time with their grandfather.

"Truly, the worst part of this for me is that my three little girls lost their grilled-cheese-making nap partner, swing pushing, tree climbing, Tuesday Papa care provider, nickname-calling Papa," Brooks said.

Fellow officers have shared tributes to Mazurkiewicz. Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter said he knew Mazurkiewicz and said he's proud of the ways the community has honored the fallen officer.

"We spent many years together in the tactical unit of the city Police department. It was an honor to work with him," Baxter said.

RPD Lt. Greg Bello said Mazurkiewicz was a role model.

“Officer Mazurkiewicz lost his life protecting the community so to get a response back is great to see and really heartwarming," Bello said. "Officer Mazurkiewicz is that role model, he’s one of my role models. I just worked an assignment with him about a month ago and the thoughtfulness that he put into the work we were going to do, to do something dangerous, the thought and questions he asked to make sure that we were doing things thoroughly and safely, that was what he did.” 

Mazurkiewiczs' tactical unit partner Officer Sino Seng attended the funeral in a wheelchair. RPD Captain Ray Dearcop said that Seng acted heroically during the ambush, by continuing to fire at the suspect even though he was shot. The said Seng saved the lives of people around him and the attendees of the funeral gave him a standing ovation. 

"Officer Seng, your heroic actions likely prevented further injuries to officers and citizens who were at the scene. You, sir, are a hero," Dearcop said.

Mazurkiewicz, who was 54, served the RPD for 29 years. He leaves behind four children, three grandchildren, and his life Lynn. According to his obituary, Mazurkiewicz loved to cook and go to his children's and grandchildren's sports games. He enjoyed sitting around his backyard bonfire, telling jokes, and watching the grandkids run around the yard.

"Tony will be remembered as a witty jokester who could make anyone laugh. To his family, he will always be the absolute best man that ever existed," said the obituary.

Mazurkiewicz was born in Amsterdam, NY and graduated from SUNY Brockport. He then went on to work for the Monroe County Sheriff’s department before starting at the RPD in 1993.

LIVE UPDATES:

  • 4:15 p.m. Private graveside service at White Haven Cemetery in Fairport will begin. This concludes the public's attendance of the funeral for Officer Tony Mazurkiewicz.
  • 3:45 p.m. Procession to cemetery begins.
  • 3:30 p.m. Law enforcement is dismissed and procession to White Haven Cemetery for a private graveside service will begin shortly.
  • 3:00 p.m. Honors ceremony begins. 
  • 2:30 p.m., the eulogies in the Blue Cross Arena have finished. The honors ceremony will take place outside of the arena. 
  • 2:25 p.m. Father Edward Palumbos: He remembers having Officer Mazurkiewicz in his church services in Fairport."If you wish to see Tony's testament to life, faith, service, love, and caring, just look around you today. Just see yourselves as reflecting his commitment to serve and protect."
  • 2:00 p.m. Retired Officer Dennis Cole of the RPD tactical unit: Said Officer Mazurkiewicz went out of the way to help others. He was a professional while serving his community and his family."I'm gonna do what Maz would do, I'm gonna help others." He said Officer Mazurkiewicz and his family helped him cope with the loss of his grandfather.
  • 1:45 p.m. RPD Officer Paul Romano: Officer Mazurkiewicz had a calling for getting violent people off of the streets. "Three more mothers are grieving since Tony was taken from us."
  • 1:20 p.m. RPD Captain Ray Dearcop: Said that RPD Officer Sino Seng acted heroically by returning fire at the suspect, likely saving lives. Seng, who is attending the funeral, was shot in the same ambush that killed Officer Mazurkiewicz.
  • 1:10 p.m. Mike Mazzeo, President of the Rochester Police Locust Club: Spoke about Officer Mazurkiewicz's service: "He challenged all of us to do better by bearing witness to how he served."
  • 1:00 p.m. RPD Chief David Smith: "Only Tony and God truly know how much food he did on Earth. But I am 100% certain that God had more work waiting for him."
  • 12:50 p.m. Brian Peets, neighbor and friend: Spoke about how he came a friend of Officer Mazurkiewicz. "Tony had no idea of the number of lives he touched. ...Tony, I will miss you dearly." 
  • 12:40 p.m. Alan Gates, brother-in-law: Spoke about Officer Mazurkiewicz's youth and his love for fireworks. "He's truly an angel in blue watching over us."
  • 12:35 p.m. Bryce, daughter: Spoke about traveling with her father to softball tournaments and trying new restaurants as they were traveling. Bryce's father was proud of her work at Strong Hospital. "When I was working overnights at Strong, he got meals early so we could still eat together. ...His laugh was extremely contagious."
  • 12:32 p.m. Brent, son: Said he loved having conversations with his dad. "The conversations with my dad went from what was going on in our life to what's in space. I'll make sure that each day, I'll make him proud."
  • 12: 30 p.m. Bradley, son: Spoke about his father cheering him on at sports events.
  • 12:20 p.m.: Brooks, daughter: Spoke about her father's love for his family, for cooking, and for cheering on his grandchildren at sports events. "I lost my rock, the safest place to land. ...The piece we lost on July 21st is so large, we will never feel whole again." 
  • 12:10 p.m. Father Donald Wollschlegger: Gave the opening prayer and started the service for Officer Mazurkiewicz. Wollschlegger said he often spoke to Mazurkiewicz about faith. "I miss my friend. ...Because of him, I'm a better priest."
  • 11:40 a.m. Officers have started walking into the Blue Cross Arena to pay their respects. Mazurkiewicz's casket is covered with an American flag and was laid next to a replica of his badge number made of flowers.
  • 11:30 a.m.: The casket for Mazurkiewicz has arrived inside the Blue Cross Arena.
  • 11:15 a.m. The procession with the casket of Mazurkiewicz has left the Public Safety Building. The pipe band will lead the procession down Exchange Blvd. with the family following. 
  • 11:10 a.m.: Police officers line up outside the Blue Cross Arena, waiting for the honor guard to carry the casket of Mazurkiewicz into the arena.
  • 11:00 a.m.: RPD Officer Sino Seng arrived at the Blue Cross Arena in a wheelchair. Seng was injured in the same ambush that killed Mazurkiewicz.


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