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October 4, 2019, 12:39 PM

Massive turnout at heartbreaking sendoff for NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen, killed in Bronx friendly fire shooting


The casket of fallen NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen is carried out from Sacred Heart Church in Monroe, New York during his funeral service on Friday. (Go Nakamura/for New York Daily News)

Nobody forced Officer Brian Mulkeen to trade his Wall St. job for an NYPD badge, to put his life on the line each day on the streets of the Bronx. And once the change was made, the young cop never looked back.

“He did his job, and he didn’t think twice about it,” said an emotional NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, fighting back tears Friday as he honored the heroic young officer killed in a friendly fire shooting. "We see a man who made a conscious decision to leave a good job in order to put the lives of others above his own.

“A cop, a son, a friend. A person who cared deeply for complete strangers.”

O’Neill ended his heartfelt eulogy at Mulkeen’s funeral inside Sacred Heart Church by announcing the slain six-year NYPD veteran’s posthumous promotion to Det. First Grade as the service led by Timothy Cardinal Dolan reached its sad conclusion.

NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen is pictured in an undated photo.