MORICHES - Family, friends and hundreds of police officers said their final farewells today to a veteran member of the Suffolk County Police Department who was killed in a crash over the weekend.

The funeral for Detective Sgt. Robert Reecks, the former head of Suffolk's Bias Crimes Unit, was held in Lake Ronkonkoma.

Reecks died Saturday after his car veered off Sunrise Highway in Moriches. The 57-year-old was off-duty at the time of the accident.

Reecks' wife, Rita, his sons, Joseph and Michael Caputo, and granddaughter Alexis, followed his coffin, which was carried by an honor guard comprised of half a dozen officers who had served in the Bias Crimes Unit over the years.

At Mother Theresa Center Church, Pastor Rodnick Pierson praised Reecks as a great human being and urged the mourners to continue his fight against violence and hatred.

"You needed someone who had authority, who had confidence, but also who had compassion, and Bob was one of those exceptional people who could do that," says Chief Thomas Moore, of the Suffolk County Police Department.