NY nursery asked to use part of parking lot for officer funeral – says ‘absolutely not’ then blocks it with trucks


UPDATE: The Greenlawn Fire Department Facebook Fan Page posted an update on the situation. In response to the massive backlash they received, they have granted the Greenlawn Fire Department use of their parking lot in order to create a flag arch for Officer Tsakos’ funeral. 


In response to the media attention over the last 24hrs, the Greenlawn Fire Department has been contacted by Decker’s…

Posted by Greenlawn Fire Department Fan Page on Monday, May 3, 2021



GREENLAWN, NY– Recently, the NYPD suffered a tragic loss with the death of Highway Patrol Officer Anastasios Tsakos.

As Law Enforcement Today reported, 43-year-old Anastasios Tsakos, was directing traffic at the scene of a deadly crash on the Long Island Expressway in Clearview around 2 a.m. when he was hit by a 2013 Volkswagen Passat, driven by 32-year-old Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead.

According to report, Beauvais, was intoxicated and blew a .15 on the breathalyzer test, which is nearly double the legal limit. Fox News reported that she made “demonizing” comments about local law enforcement on a podcast she recorded prior to the fatal accident.

Beauvais faces 13 counts, including second-degree aggravated manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in prison.

In order to give Officer Tsakos a proper hero’s funeral, members of the local community were asked for their assistance in ways that would cost them no money, but would lend a helping hand in creating a funeral that would be fitting for a true hero who died in the line of duty.

Once such place, Decker’s Nursery, in Greenlawn, NY, was asked by the Greenlawn Fire Department if they would be willing to provide a small portion of their parking lot in order to set up an arch detail for Officer Tsakos’ funeral. 

The response they got was an unexpected one, when Decker’s Nursery said “absolutely not”, according to reports. 

Local sources state that not only did the local nursery refuse to allow the Fire Department the space to pay tribute to an officer who dedicated 14 years to his police department, they went a step further and proceeded to block off their entire parking lot with trucks and person vehicles. 

While the Nursery may be acting in an “anti-police” manner, possibly thinking they are fitting into the current left-wing agenda, it is definitely not sitting well with many, according to the backlash they are receiving from social media. 


NY nursery asked to use part of parking lot for officer funeral - says 'absolutely not' then blocks it with trucks

With no way to publicly post the incident and shame the company for what the did, Facebook users are commenting on previous posts that are unrelated to the incident, telling others to spread the word. 

NY nursery asked to use part of parking lot for officer funeral - says 'absolutely not' then blocks it with trucks

NY nursery asked to use part of parking lot for officer funeral - says 'absolutely not' then blocks it with trucks

Some Facebook users, such as Karen Kenny Giambruno commented: 

“Absolutely disgraceful!! You don’t Back the Blue and show respect for a fallen hero, I don’t support your business.”

Comment after comment seem to be consistent with the fact that the community is disgusted with these actions. 

NY nursery asked to use part of parking lot for officer funeral - says 'absolutely not' then blocks it with trucks

Another Facebook user, Jeanine Marie commented:

“Very disappointed due to your callousness regarding a fallen NYPD officer- I will not ever be returning!!!”

Magda Lena Kulakowski Pytlak took it a step further saying what we are all thinking:

“You should publicly apologize for what you have done…Do not buy from them!!!”

It goes without saying that Officer Tsakos will receive a hero’s funeral without the assistance of a community business that chose to show their true colors with just how anti-police they are.  

Here is more on the tragic story Law Enforcement Today brought you on Officer Tsakos’ death. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY– A NYPD highway patrol officer was killed after being hit by an alleged drunk driver who had a suspended license. 

On Tuesday, April 27, Highway Unit Officer, now identified as 43-year-old Anastasios Tsakos, was directing traffic at the scene of a deadly crash on the Long Island Expressway in Clearview around 2 a.m. 

NBC News reported that in that crash, the driver lost control of a vehicle and slammed into a concrete wall while trying to take an exit.

The vehicle burst into flames, with a driver and two passengers pulled from the fire and rushed to the hospital. Another passenger died at the scene, and the driver of the car was later charged.

According to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, Officer Tsakos was redirecting traffic at the crash site when a 2013 Volkswagen Passat, driven by 32-year-old Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead, hit him and sped off.

Commissioner Shea was asked if it was possible that Beauvais was unaware that she hit the officer, to which Shea responded that “there’s no way to not know that you struck an individual” based off of the damage that was sustained to the vehicle. 


According to the charges, Tsakos was thrown in the air and landed on a nearby patch of grass. He later died of his injuries at a hospital.

It is reported that Beauvais faces a slew of charges including manslaughter, aggravated manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of a deadly accident, DWI and other offenses.

According to a law enforcement official, Beauvais allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of .15, which is nearly twice the legal limit.

NBC News reported that at the time of the crash, Beauvais’ driver license was apparently suspended for failure to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment in relation to a speeding conviction.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said Beauvais did not stop or slow down after striking the officer with her car. Instead, she traveled several more exits before getting onto the Horace Harding Expressway, where she jumped a curb and mounted a sidewalk in her car.

The charges show that police officers surrounded Beauvais, and she tried to flee by putting her car in reverse and ramming into a police vehicle twice before coming to a stop. She was taken into custody immediately after.

According to two senior law enforcement officials, Beauvais was combative during her arrest.

Beauvais also admitted to drinking vodka and smoking marijuana prior to the collision, while she was working in a studio all night recording her podcast. Fox5 news reported that video of that podcast was posted on Facebook, and showed her using multiple expletives to describe law enforcement.

As Beauvais was lead out of the 107 police precinct in handcuffs, she tearfully apologized to Officer Tsakos’ family. 

She said:

“I’m sorry.  I’m sorry that I hit him and that he is dead,”

According to reports, she was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Tuesday evening, and faces up to 15 years in prison. It is not immediately known if she had retained an attorney. Beauvais is apparently a single mother who is the primary caregiver for her child. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio commended on the death of the 14 year police veteran, saying: 

“He’s dead before he was at an accident where people had driven recklessly also with a suspended license,”

de Blasio went on to say:

“He’s dead because of other people’s negligence.”

During Tuesday’s daily coronavirus press briefing, the Mayor once again commented on the tragedy, saying:

“My heart is heavy,” 

He continued:

“We lost a very good young man — a 14-year veteran of the NYPD, someone who went out there every day and serve us.”

Tsakos is survived by his wife, Irene, and their 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, de Blasio said, adding that Tsakos was “the epitome of a family man.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea called Tsakos’ death a:

“profound tragedy. The face that life was taken by a driver whose license had been suspended, and who was intoxicated, is nothing short of criminal and should be treated that way.”

As a caravan of police officers escorted Tsakos’ body to the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police Commissioner Shea said today that funeral services for the officer are being scheduled for “early next week,” 

In March, Law Enforcement Today reported on a LAPD officer who died after being struck by a vehicle while on duty. Here is more on that story.


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