October 27, 2016 | 1:00am
By Post Editorial Board
|Photo: Christopher Sadowski|
Even as violent crime in New York continues falling to record lows, the toll of NYPD officers slain in the line of duty continues to rise.
Late Friday, Sgt. Paul Tuozzollo of the 43rd Precinct in The Bronx became the fifth city cop in less than two years to lose his life while serving the people of New York.
Tuozzollo, 40, and his partner were responding to reports of a home invasion in the Van Nest section when they spotted the suspect’s SUV.
As they approached the car, the suspect opened fire with multiple guns.
The perp was shot and killed. One officer was shot in the leg, suffering serious injuries.
And Tuozzollo took a bullet to the head; he was pronounced dead soon after. The hearts of the city go out to his wife and two young children.
A 19-year NYPD veteran, Tuozzollo was cut down in broad daylight while performing his sworn duty. Day in, day out, 35,000 other officers put their lives on the line for the people of New York.
The NYPD has faced an ugly barrage of criticism in recent years. Some New Yorkers seem to forget the tremendous service the department performs under the most intense pressure.
Cops like Sgt. Paul Tuozzollo are on the front lines, keeping New Yorkers safe — risking their own lives to do so. RIP.