Officer's friend recalls him as 'generous, friendly'

Full story: Newsday 44
Claire Larkin, of Amityville, grew up with Michael Pigott in Lindenhurst. She recalled him as a neighbor and childhood friend who shared her family's milestones, like birthdays, holidays and graduations. Full Story
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PPL

United States

#1 Oct 4, 2008
People don't eat a gun for no reason....
Jimmy

New York, NY

#2 Oct 4, 2008
Nice job Kelly- Why deny the request for the antique ESU truck at the funeral?

RIP Lt Pigott
cooltemp

Centereach, NY

#3 Oct 4, 2008
They should have asked him for the truck BEFORE they told him to stay away from the funeral. Placing and officer on mod is SOP until an investigation is concluded but because of the tenuous circumstance, people are blaming the chief.
always right

Bangkok, Thailand

#4 Oct 4, 2008
He knew he would get no backing from the brass,mayor,senators and governor,NY SUCKS.
poconoweeze

Kunkletown, PA

#5 Oct 5, 2008
nice guys can still be nut jobs. hello am i living on this planet alone?????
poconoweeze

Kunkletown, PA

#6 Oct 5, 2008
from the picture of him does he look alright?????
Conservative

Bronx, NY

#7 Oct 5, 2008
in response to poconoweeze - the picture you see was taken after the incident. The man was upset at what happened. You are all so quick to judge and never put yourself in another man's shoes.

The NYPD needs to stop letting activist groups govern their policies. A 21 year decorated Lt. makes 1 mistake and he's hung out to dry!
Annie

AOL

#8 Oct 5, 2008
THIS COP HAD TO HAVE EITHER GONE INSANE OR ALREADY WAS INSANE,,SUICIDE IS THE MOST SELFISH ACT YOU CAN COMMITT ON YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY,YES YOU CAN PUT THE LIGHTS OUT ON YOURSELF AND THEREFORE NO MORE SELF LOATHING BUT HOW COULD HE NOT THINK ABOUT THE EXTREME PAIN HE WOULD LEAVE ON HIS ENTIRE FAMILY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES ,VERY SAD INDEED FOR THEM ..
Realist

Staten Island, NY

#9 Oct 5, 2008
As usual NYPD does not back its police officers. Ray Kelly should be ashamed of himself .... in fact he should resign because all he does is kiss Bloomberg's ass. Ray Kelly is responsible for Lt. Pigott's suicide.
W T F

Wayne, NJ

#10 Oct 5, 2008
I don't care how "upset" you are - you don't compound your families issues by commmiting suicide. After 21 years of service - you would think that he would want to clear his name, or just apologize and make sure a situation like that never happens again. He chose this profession...
Prayers to the family for having to deal with this added burden.

Since: Apr 08

AOL

#11 Oct 5, 2008
REMEMBER THE LORDS PRAYER.....REST IN PEACE.
RetPoliceChief

Virginia Beach, VA

#13 Oct 5, 2008
A common trait among good police officers is to be much harder on themselves than on other people. To the ones who are police officers for the right reasons, honor is at the center of their character. He sounds like a good and decent person who made a mistake that he couldn't live with. I'm very sorry for his family and friends.
wrong

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Oct 5, 2008
RetPoliceChief wrote:
A common trait among good police officers is to be much harder on themselves than on other people. To the ones who are police officers for the right reasons, honor is at the center of their character. He sounds like a good and decent person who made a mistake that he couldn't live with. I'm very sorry for his family and friends.
I have sympathy for his family but the honorable thing would have been to stay around and deal with any consequences of his actions. He was a coward who left his wife to deal with all the questions from their kids.
Brass was right

Brooklyn, NY

#16 Oct 5, 2008
always right wrote:
He knew he would get no backing from the brass,mayor,senators and governor,NY SUCKS.
you must be a cop or a cop-lover. You think everyone should back up every cop no matter what they do, even murder - not in this case but others. Cops already think they are above the law and can do whatever with no consequences, as this points out this cop was upset that there would be any consequences even as small as being temporarily reassigned. To every cop the public is there to be pushed around or used for target practice. It is about time the brass and our elected officials protected the public from cops and got their lips off the butt of the Police Union.
get real

Wingdale, NY

#17 Oct 5, 2008
Internal Affairs wrote:
This cop was going down. He was a 3rd degree loser in the NYPD.
Ghetto 3rd grade educated trash.
Let me tell you ghetto trash! It's working in your slums and dealing with inhuman abnormal animals who don't even know they are animals and abnormal. You morons don't deserve cops who have any education...you deserve the same justice you hand out every day to your lowlife neighbors...You people are born into this dark life you live...you have no idea when you are out on the streets at 3:00 AM with your innocent little ones that there is something wrong with that! You live on top of each other in the smelly gross city streets and these civilized police officers are supposed to deal with your crazed lunatic types who are just down right animals. Do you think his wife or his kids are able to relate to any of what I have just said...they don't know because to know it is to experience it or to allow yourself to hear the truth when your husband comes home...who knows he might not even tell her anyway...most don't most keep this to themselves because the city is a different world and no one unless you walk the beat and deal with it day in and day out could really comprehend it.
So for the rest of you ignorant blinders on flat out inexperienced jerks stop your judging of this poor 21 year decorated police officer. You make me sick...
Whatever

Brentwood, NY

#18 Oct 5, 2008
I wonder how many lives he wrecked by making BS arrests and writing tickets. Oh wait, that's right, they're just doing their jobs. Please....
Beavis

Elizabeth, NJ

#19 Oct 5, 2008
hhehhh, hhehh, heeehh, a cop has the name PIGott, hhehhh, hhehh, hhhehhehhh
FDNY Guy

Bronx, NY

#20 Oct 5, 2008
The lack of maturity on this site is very evident. If you break the law and get caught you get a ticket or get arrested. You cause the act, the officer reacts to it. As far as Lt Piggot is concerned, he made a "job related mistake" and was despondent over it. He should have had more attention from the PD brass. Counseling Services should have been all over him. The ESU vintage truck should be at his funeral on Monday. The man dedicated his life to ESU and the public. Guess Ray Kelly never made a mistake. Rest in Peace Brother. Condolences to all from a Brooklyn Firefighter that sees the true good ESU does everyday...
Really

Elizabeth, NJ

#21 Oct 5, 2008
RetPoliceChief wrote:
A common trait among good police officers is to be much harder on themselves than on other people. To the ones who are police officers for the right reasons, honor is at the center of their character. He sounds like a good and decent person who made a mistake that he couldn't live with. I'm very sorry for his family and friends.
Sounds like the kind of STABILE personality trait that we want enforcing law and carrying a gun. couldn't handle a mistake he made? yeah a real deep thinker this guy must have been. uhh make a mistake = kill yourself? if only Bush felt the same way....
fotoguy

Brentwood, NY

#24 Oct 5, 2008
RIP. All around, a very tragic story. Shame on Kelly for denying the piece of equipment requested

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