Tannousis: P.O. Tsakos Was the Embodiment of a Greek-American

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Michael Tannousis is running for New York State Assembly. (Photo by TNH/ Kostas Bej, FILE)

ALBANY – Assemblyman Michael Tannousis (R,C,I- Staten Island/Brooklyn) co-sponsored a resolution commemorating the life and sacrifice of police officer Anastasios “Taso” Tsakos on June 3 in the New York State Assembly. Police officer Tsakos was a 14-year veteran of the NYPD, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty after being struck by a drunk and impaired driver. He was laid to rest in May.

“Officer Tsakos was a protector through and through,” said Tannousis. “He dedicated his life to serving others both in the Greek military and as a New York City police officer.”

Officer Tsakos was the son of immigrants from Laconia, Greece. He grew up in Astoria, Queens, and graduated from St. Demetrios High School. He lived in Greece for a period of time, serving in the Greek military.

After joining the NYPD in 2007, he found a calling for protecting and serving his community. Tsakos was a dedicated and hardworking police officer and was known for never taking a sick day. Rain or shine, he was going to make sure he did everything he could to make his community a better place.

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Officer Anastasios Tsakos. (Photo by NYPD)

Tsakos was a member of the St. Paul's Society and an active member of Saint Paraskevi Greek Shrine Church in Greenlawn. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

“Officer Tsakos was a shining example of what it means to be a proud Greek-American,” said Tannousis. “My heart goes out to his wife and his two young children during this difficult time. I encourage everyone to celebrate his life and remember the sacrifice he made serving and protecting our community.”