Joseph Pritchard, an NYPD officer from North Babylon, was killed when his pickup truck was struck from behind by a box truck on the Long Island Expressway between westbound exits 51 and 52 in Dix Hills.
NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard joined the NYPD in
NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard joined the NYPD in 2005 and patrolled midtown Manhattan. He was killed March 25, 2013 when his pickup truck was struck from behind by a box truck on the Long Island Expressway. (Credit: NYPD)
Suffolk police say NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard's 2008
Suffolk police say NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard's 2008 Dodge truck was stopped in the right lane "for an unknown reason" about 2:20 a.m. when it was hit by a truck owned by Barakat Trucking in New Jersey. (March 25, 2013) (Credit: James Carbone)
The NYPD Honor Guard walks the coffin to
The NYPD Honor Guard walks the coffin to the hearse at the funeral for Joseph Pritchard, the off-duty New York City police officer from North Babylon who was struck and killed in an early morning crash on the Long Island Expressway. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Officers console one another outside of Our Lady
Officers console one another outside of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst for the funeral of NYPD officer Joseph Pritchard, who was killed in a crash on the Long Island Expressway early Monday morning when his pickup truck was rear-ended by a box truck. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Ed Betz)
Police officers salute the coffin at the funeral
Police officers salute the coffin at the funeral for NYPD officer Joseph Pritchard in Lindenhurst. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Police officers await the arrival of the funeral
Police officers await the arrival of the funeral procession for NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard as it makes its way down Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
The NYPD Honor Guard carries the coffin during
The NYPD Honor Guard carries the coffin during the funeral for Joseph Pritchard, the New York City police officer from North Babylon who was killed in a crash on the Long Island Expressway. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Officers salute outside of Our Lady of Perpetual
Officers salute outside of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst during the funeral of NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard, who was killed in a crash on the Long Island Expressway. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Ed Betz)

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Police officers line the street outside of Our
Police officers line the street outside of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst during the funeral of NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Ed Betz)
Family members comfort one another outside of Our
Family members comfort one another outside of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst during the funeral of NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Ed Betz)
People gather outside of Our Lady of Perpetual
People gather outside of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst for the funeral of NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard, who was killed in a crash on the Long Island Expressway when his pickup truck was rear-ended by a box truck. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: Ed Betz)
Officer Joseph Pritchard?s brothers and sisters in blue
Officer Joseph Pritchard?s brothers and sisters in blue lined Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst in front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church to salute their fellow officer one last time. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: News 12 Long Island's Drew Scott)
Officer Joseph Pritchard, 30, of North Babylon, was
Officer Joseph Pritchard, 30, of North Babylon, was a city officer since 2005 and member of the NYPD's football team. (Credit: News 12 Long Island.)

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Officer Joseph Pritchard?s brothers and sisters in blue
Officer Joseph Pritchard?s brothers and sisters in blue lined Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst in front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church to salute their fellow officer one last time. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: News 12 Long Island's Drew Scott)
Mourners and a sea of blue lined up
Mourners and a sea of blue lined up in front of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church for NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard. (March 29, 2013) (Credit: News 12 Long Island's Drew Scott)
Police officers console one another outside Lindenhurst Funeral
Police officers console one another outside Lindenhurst Funeral Home during a wake for NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard, who was killed in a crash on the Long Island Expressway. (March 26, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)
Officers arrive at Lindenhurst Funeral Home for NYPD
Officers arrive at Lindenhurst Funeral Home for NYPD Officer Joseph Pritchard's wake. Pritchard was killed in a crash on the Long Island Expressway. (March 26, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)
Erik Conroy, left, with friend Joseph Pritchard during
Erik Conroy, left, with friend Joseph Pritchard during last year's football game between the NYPD and the Los Angeles Fire Department. Pritchard was killed in a crash on the Long Island Expressway March 25, 2013. "People wanted to be around him because of the way he was," said Conroy, as he talked about the "brother" he met decades ago playing youth football. (Credit: Erik Conroy)
A cross and a candle left in front
A cross and a candle left in front of the North Babylon home of NYPD Police Officer Joseph Pritchard, who was killed in a crash on the Long Island Expressway. (March 26, 2013) (Credit: James Carbone)