FAIRPORT, N.Y. — Calling hours were held Sunday for fallen Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz in his home of Fairport.
Friends, family and community members came to pay their respects at the Keenan Funeral Home on Sunday.
American flags, bikes and police cruisers lined the street with the mounted patrol stationed out front.
A shuttle from Fairport High School helped transport people back and forth.
Mazurkiewicz was killed after being shot in the upper body on Bauman Street on July 21.
Rochester Police Lieut. Greg Bello says in Mazurkiewicz’s 29 years on the force, he never received a sustained complaint or was disciplined, but earned more than 50 commendations.
"So if you want to talk about a role model of an officer, Officer Mazurkiewicz was one of those role models," Bello said. "He was one of my role models.”
Bello says he will be remembering the man behind the badge.
“Tony was always the guy that was laughing, having a good time," Bello said. "And at the same time, when it came to get work done, he was the guy who [would say] 'let’s buckle down and get this done the right way.' Someone who could have fun with the job and outside the job, but also somebody who really knew how to do the job right.”
Bello says the support from other law enforcement, businesses and the community have meant a great deal during a very difficult time.
“It’s a good reminder to us in law enforcement about how much the community does support us," Bello said. "Officer Mazurkiewicz lost his life serving our community and so to get a response back, it’s really great to see and really heartwarming.”
Following calling hours, the town of Perinton is asking community members to line the route of a post-wake procession to the Public Safety Building, where Mazurkiewicz’s body will be kept until the funeral Monday.
Mazurkiewicz's funeral will begin Monday at noon at the Blue Cross Arena, following a procession from the PSB.
The funeral service will close some streets to traffic on Monday.
Officials say drivers should be aware of the following road closures starting at 8 a.m. Monday:
- Broad Street from South Avenue to S. Fitzhugh Street
- Court Street from South Avenue to Exchange Boulevard
- Exchange Boulevard from Main Street to S. Fitzhugh Street
- South Avenue from Main Street to Broad Street
Spectrum News 1 will be there providing live coverage throughout the afternoon.