Logan CrawfordSep 25, 2017, 3:36 pmSep 25, 2017, 3:38 pm

Groundbreaking conducted for spray park to honor NYPD sergeant from Elwood

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo was shot and killed in the line of duty last November


In honor of a New York City police officer killed in the line of duty, officials are creating a special park near his hometown in Elwood.

At Elwood Park, officials are announcing they will build a spray park in memory of NYPD Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo.

Last November, Sergeant Tuozzolo was shot to death in the Bronx while responding to a disturbance call.

Tuozzolo’s wife Lisa says, "Paul was a laidback, easygoing sergeant who made sure his cops were always cared for and looked after. He always had their back just like they had his."

At a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Huntington Town officials were joined by Lisa, Tuozzolo’s two sons Austin and Joseph, and his fellow NYPD police officers.

"I will tell everyone I can to come to this park, bring their families, bring their kids, and understand what an extraordinary man Paul Tuozollo was," says Larry Nikunen, NYPD assistant chief.

The park will be a place where families can come cool off on hot days. And it’s a place to remember the sacrifice made by Tuozollo.

Lisa says Tuozollo was dedicated to working with children in the Bronx. And his passion was of course being at home with his two boys.

"And I know he's smiling down with great pride knowing that his boys will have laughter and smiles at this spray park," says Lisa.

Officials say they expect the spray park to be finished by next summer.

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