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Gut-wrenching photos show Jonathan Diller’s 1-year-old son reaching out from behind fallen NYPD detective’s casket

Photos captured the gut-wrenching moment that fallen NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller’s 1-year-old son reached out behind his flag-draped casket — while his heartbroken widow Stephanie tenderly kissed the tot’s head.

Ryan Diller watched from his mother’s arms as his father’s casket was carried out of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Massapequa Park following the Saturday morning funeral.

NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller’s son Ryan reached towards his father’s casket during the funeral on March 30, 2024. James Keivom
NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller’s son Ryan reached towards his father’s casket during the funeral on March 30, 2024. James Keivom
Diller’s casket being brought out of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Massapequa Park. James Keivom
Diller’s casket being brought out of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Massapequa Park. James Keivom
Diller’s widow and their son watch over the slain NYPD detective’s casket. REUTERS
Diller’s widow and their son watch over the slain NYPD detective’s casket. REUTERS
An NYPD officer hands a folded flag to Stephanie Diller, the widow of NYPD officer Jonathan Diller, at his funeral. Getty Images
An NYPD officer hands a folded flag to Stephanie Diller, the widow of NYPD officer Jonathan Diller, at his funeral. Getty Images

As the casket was lowered into the waiting hearse, Ryan appeared to reach his arm out in its direction.

Stephanie Diller — who is now a widow and a single mother at just 29 — then placed a kiss on the boy’s head.

The pair also watched as a helicopter flew over the scene, which seemed to intrigue the youngster.

The flag that covered Diller’s casket was then ceremonially folded and handed to Stephanie, who was joined by several members of the fallen cop’s extended family.

Diller’s widow Stephanie holding the couple’s 1-year-old son. James Keivom
Diller’s widow Stephanie holding the couple’s 1-year-old son. James Keivom
Stephanie gave a powerful yet stoic eulogy describing her late husband. NYPD
Stephanie gave a powerful yet stoic eulogy describing her late husband. NYPD

Ryan — who just turned one on Jan. 10 — was described throughout the funeral as the apple of Detective Diller’s eye.

The three-year NYPD veteran was delighted when his son’s first word was “Dada,” Stephanie recalled during her tearful but stoic eulogy.

“Now, I never want to stop hearing Ryan say ‘Dada’ to me,” she told the packed church.

Also during the service, Diller was promoted to Detective First Grade with the new shield number 110, in honor of Ryan’s birthday.

Following the service, Stephanie, Ryan and the rest of the family proceeded to St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale for the burial.

The route to the cemetery was lined with 19 flag arches, The Post observed.