Hundreds Attend Policeman's Funeral

November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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November 21, 2011 Updated Nov 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM EDT


(Buffalo, NY) Over 300 people attended the funeral for Niagara Frontier Transit Authority (NFTA) policeman, Michael Insalaco.

The 42-year old Transit Police officer died last week from fatal injuries he suffered after hitting a utility pole in a one-car crash.

Officer Insalaco was not on duty at the time of the crash.

The accident occurred in Hamburg on November 13th.

Investigators for the Town of Hamburg Police say speed contributed to the accident, which happened near the intersection of Legion and Maelou Drives.

A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in downtown Buffalo.

Over 100 police officers, from agencies throughout Western New York, were part of an honor guard which flanked the casket as it was taken into the church.

Micheal Insalaco is the son of the late Deputy Robert Insaalaco, from the Erie County Sheriff's Department.

In 1987, Robert Insalaco was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant in the Town of North Collins, NY.

The Insalaco family requested that the funeral for Micheal be held in the same church as his father's funeral.

Michael Insalaco was a 15-year veteran of the NFTA Transit Police Department.

He leaves behind a wife and three young sons.