NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen killed in friendly fire incident remembered as good friend, good neighbor, great cop

Detective Brian Simonsen was shot and killed in the line of duty last night. He was 42 and married, and, though he had no children, was “Uncle Brian” to many children.

His former NYPD partner, Terrence LeGrady, told Esha Ray and Larry McShane of the New York Daily News, “Brian Simonsen was the greatest person that ever lived. We would need a football stadium to (hold) the actual number of friends he had.”

He was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD, largely with the 102 Precinct in Queens, who worked at the site of the former World Trade Center for two months.

Wake and funeral details will be posted.

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