Police Officer Michael J. Califano

Police Officer Michael J. Califano

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 5, 2011

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Michael J. Califano

Police Officer Michael Califano was killed when his patrol car was struck by a truck as he conducted a vehicle stop.

Officer Califano pulled over a box truck on the Long Island Expressway near exit 39 for insufficient lighting. As Officer Califano was sitting in his patrol car writing a summons, it was struck by a flatbed tow truck. The force of the impact pushed the patrol car under the box truck and knocked the box truck into traffic. The flatbed truck ended up on top of the police car. It took rescuers thirty minutes to cut through the roof of the patrol car and remove the officer.

Officer Califano was taken to the Nassau University Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the flatbed truck was arrested and charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide, three counts of assault, and failure to move over for an emergency vehicle. In February 2013 the subject pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

Officer Califano had served with the Nassau County Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Highway Patrol. Before that, he worked for the Nassau Corrections Division for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

In August 2011, Glen Cove Road Bridge over Long Island Expressway was renamed Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge, near the intersection where the incident occurred.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 2852

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Friday, February 4, 2011

vehicle stop

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Officer Califano,
Although I never had the pleasure of knowing you, everyone that I speak to that did know you describe you as the kind of gentleman that many of us hope to be. A friendly personality, A true professional, someone you would want by your side. May you always rest in peace.


June 12, 2022

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