Family of Sgt. Frank Gualdino plans funeral as Yonkers community mourns

On Thursday night, Gualdino, 53, was killed on Tuckahoe Road when a 16-year-old driver lost control of his car, hit Gualdino’s unmarked police vehicle and slammed him into a bus with around 30 passengers.

News 12 Staff

Dec 3, 2022, 5:04 PM

Updated 541 days ago

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The family of Sgt. Frank Gualdino is making funeral arraignments as they and the Yonkers community continue to mourn his death.
On Thursday night, Gualdino, 53, was killed on Tuckahoe Road when a 16-year-old driver lost control of his car, hit Gualdino’s unmarked police vehicle and slammed him into a bus with around 30 passengers.
The 16-year-old driver remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
Sgt. Gualdino has been described as a “cop’s cop,” a family man and a great friend. He was a 24-year veteran of the force set to retire in only nine months.
Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said in a news conference that his death is the most horrible loss that the force has sustained.
During that conference, Sapienza recounted a story of how Sgt. Gualdino saved a child’s life during a funeral detail two months ago.
"During one of these funeral details, a 3-year-old boy became unconscious. He broke off from the funeral detail, rushed this kid to the hospital and saved his life. That's the kind of guy Frank was," he said.
Keith Olson, president of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association, is still reeling from the tragedy.
"I think we're still in shock. I don't think it’s fully hit us yet, but I've been a police officer for almost 35 years. I think this is the toughest one we've ever gone through," he said.
The 1st Precinct, which housed the traffic unit Sgt. Gualdino ran, placed a memorial bunting on the building in his honor.
On Friday evening, around 100 people lined the streets to salute the motorcade as it brought his body back to Yonkers.
Gualdino’s family is planning a funeral which will take place this Thursday.


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