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Inspector Herman Peccarelli | Orange Police Department, New Jersey Orange Police Department, New Jersey


Herman Peccarelli

Orange Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Lieutenant Herman Peccarelli was shot and killed during a standoff involving a man barricaded in a second floor apartment. He as off duty when he volunteered to join officers in responding to a home on Ogden Street where a suspect wanted for three murders was believed to be hiding. When officers arrived at the scene a shootout ensued. Lieutenant Peccarelli was shot once in the head as he attempted to shoot tear gas into the home. The suspect was shot and killed.

Earlier that night the suspect engaged in an argument with a man over the price of a car he wanted to buy from him when he went into a rage and stabbed to death the man, his pregnant wife, and his 10 year-old son.

Lieutenant Peccarelli was posthumously promoted from the rank of Sergeant to Lieutenant, and on October 7, 2008 Lieutenant Peccarelli was posthumously promoted to the rank of Inspector along with three other fallen officers from Orange Police Department. He had served with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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Dear Hero,

Your son, Gary taught me a lot about life and maybe even saved mine in some ways. One cold winter day, he gave me a job, when nobody else would. He's one of the best men I ever met, if not the best.

Joe B.

Joe B.
March 18, 2016


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