Emilia Rennhack née Kowalczyk buried in New York


She got married a year ago, and a few months ago she was named the Queens officer of the month. Emilia Rennhack, née Kowalczyk, a New York police officer, was buried. A few days earlier, she had died in a beauty salon, one of four people hit by a drunk driver.

A funeral was held Saturday on New York's Long Island for police officer Emilia Rennhack. She was one of four people killed when a drunk driver lost control of his car and crashed into a beauty salon in Deer Park. The 30-year-old woman, born Kowalczyk, moved to America with her parents from Poland when she was 12.

The funeral service at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home was attended by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former police officer. He was accompanied by numerous officers.

“She wanted to make our city safe so others could follow that same dream. This is a tragic accident. This is a sad day for the entire police force. Emilia was one of our beloved officers in the 102nd Precinct (in Queens). She fought domestic violence and went above and beyond the call of duty to serve the community. We will miss her,” the mayor said.

Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Hendry called Rennhack a great person and a great officer. She graduated from the police academy and served on the force for five years. She was recently honored as “Cop of the Month.” Her husband, Carl Rennhack, is a detective at the same precinct. They were married last year.

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The tragic accident occurred on June 28. Drunk 64-year-old Steven Schwally lost control of his SUV, smashed through the window of a beauty salon, killing three women and one man inside. He also injured nine others, including a 12-year-old girl.

Schwally has been charged with driving under the influence and causing a fatal crash. Prosecutors are expected to announce even more serious charges against him, according to CBS News.

The driver admitted to drinking 18 beers the night before the crash. He had been convicted of driving under the influence a decade ago. The court set his bail at $1 million.

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