When a first responder is killed in the line of duty, other first responders salute their service and their memory.

On March 26, 2024, members of the Valley Stream, Elmont, Wantagh North Bellmore, Inwood and other departments gathered to raise the American flag and salute NYPD officer Jonathan Diller of Massapequa Park as the NYPD procession carried his remains to a funeral home. Diller, a three-year veteran, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Queens on March 25, 2024.

Diller grew up in Franklin Square. He was described as a “cop’s cop,” by those who knew him. He leaves behind a wife and one-year old. Tunnels to Towers has offered to pay off the mortgage on the Diller home. May he rest in peace.

– Fire News story by Harry Loud and Steve Grogan; photos by Brian Grogan and Harry Loud