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Sea of blue to honor police officer killed in Queens (with video)

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Arthur Lopez's, parents Alfonso and Mirella, watch as their son's coffin is carried into the church. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Lopez's partner Officer Clarence Hudson sits on the church steps before the funeral. Photo by Christina Santucci
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More than 1,000 police officers lined the street outside the church. Photo by Christina Santucci
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The Color Guard marches along Merrick Road as police officers salute. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Officers salute as an Emergency Service Vehicle, featuring Police Officer Arthur Lopez's name, passes by. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Arthur Lopez's sister Charo salutes as her brother's coffin is carried out of the church. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A group of officers on motorcycles lead the funeral procession. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Arthur Lopez's parents Alfonso and Mirella walk into the church. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Nassau County police officers prepare to line up. Photo by Christina Santucci

More than 1,000 police officers lined the street outside St. Christopher’s Church in Baldwin, L.I. Saturday to say goodbye to one of Nassau County’s “E-Men,” the late Officer Arthur Lopez.

“You should know that Emergency Service is the hardest and most sought-after assignments in the department,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale told mourners. “In order to enter the ranks of Emergency Service, or what we call ‘E-Men,’ you must be well above standards.”

Dale then addressed Lopez’s parents, Mirella and Alfonso of Flushing.

“Mr. and Mrs. Lopez, when a citizen needs help on the street, he calls for a police officer. When a police officer needs help on the street, he calls for an Emergency Service officer,” he said. “In our police world, these are our heroes.”

Lopez was shot and killed in Bellerose Tuesday after he and his partner pulled over a driver who was suspected of being in an auto accident, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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