NYPD Officers and Loved Ones Mourn Fallen Officer Emilia Rennhack

NYPD Officers and Loved Ones Mourn Fallen Officer Emilia Rennhack

Hundreds of police officers converged on a Long Island funeral home Saturday morning to pay their teary final respects to a fallen sister. Emilia Rennhack was mourned by loved ones and coworkers at New Hyde Park Funeral Home a week after she and three other people were tragically killed by a suspected drunk driver who plowed through a Suffolk County nail salon.

Mayor Adams Honors an American Dream

NYPD Officers and Loved Ones Mourn Fallen Officer Emilia Rennhack

Mayor Adams addressed the crowds at the funeral and talked about how the officer came from Poland with her family to pursue the American dream, joined the force, and met her husband, Det. Carl Rennhack, at the 102 Precinct in Queens, where they both worked.

A Meet-Cute in Uniform

Det. Carl Rennhack made his first public comments at his wife’s last rites, recounting how he met his beautiful wife: All I have ever known since September 2004 coming into this prison camp they call New York City, my beautiful wife.

An Afternoon Like No Other

The 30-year-old was getting her nails done at Hawaii Nail & Spa in Deer Park on June 28 in preparation for another officer’s wedding later that day when accused drunk driver Steven Schwally rammed through the glass window out front, killing four people and injuring ten others.

NYPD Officers and Loved Ones Mourn Fallen Officer Emilia Rennhack

A Family’s Heartbreak

Mothers and fathers should not bury their children. Adams said. You lost your daughter, but she is a part of a larger family of the NYPD and we are going to pray for you and we are going to be here with you.

NYPD Officers and Loved Ones Mourn Fallen Officer Emilia Rennhack

A Grieving Husband Speaks

The grieving husband made his first public comments at his wife’s last rites. This is a tragic loss not just for me and my family but for the entire community, said Detective Carl Rennhack. He added, She was always so happy. Her laugh and smile were contagious.

NYPD Officers and Loved Ones Mourn Fallen Officer Emilia Rennhack

A Love Story Cut Short

He talked about how the two went for a bite to eat when their shifts finished at the same time one night, and their relationship flourished: After that date, I knew I had to see her again. The two traveled the world together building beautiful memories and stories, and she even brought him back to Poland to introduce him to her family. They married in September and online wedding photos show her in an elegant white dress.

NYPD Officers and Loved Ones Mourn Fallen Officer Emilia Rennhack

Tearful Farewells from a Cop Family

The NYPD Ceremonial Unit placed Emilia’s casket in a hearse while Det. Carl Rennhack stood strong: My beautiful wife, I love you, I know we’ll meet again. I miss you.

NYPD Officers and Loved Ones Mourn Fallen Officer Emilia Rennhack

Sorrow Echoes Through 102 Precinct

A cop from the 102 precinct remarked: Carl and Emilia’s love story was just beginning,… honoring the memory of their friend who was taken too soon.

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