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Police Officer Paul Michael Dittamo | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Police Officer

Paul Michael Dittamo

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 4 months

Badge # 4484

Cause: Automobile accident

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Police Officer Paul Dittamo was killed in an automobile accident while responding to assist an officer who was struggling with a suspect high on PCP.

At approximately 1:00 am, Officer Dittamo and his partner were responding to the incident on Morris Road, SE. Their vehicle was traveling northeast on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE when he swerved to avoid a vehicle that failed to yield right of way. Their patrol collided with a utility pole in the 2200 block of MLK Avenue. Officer Dittamo was killed in the collision and his partner sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Officer Dittamo had served with the Metropolitan Police Department, Seventh District, for just over one year. He is survived by his expectant wife, parents, brothers, sisters, and 23 nieces and nephews.

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I saw this incident happen and tonight after seeing another incident with an officer I couldn't help but remember this young officer that put it all on the line to Protect and Serve. My Wife and I were lost in D.C getting off I-95 to sesrch for gas. We heard all the lights and sirens and pulled to the right to wait until all officers passed. As we waited the first two or three cars came through the intersection. As we were about to start driving again we saw Officer Dittamo start through the light and swerve hard to miss a car that had started through the light. He hit a light pole right beside us. I will always remember the sound, the lights, the smell of rubber. The car that caused this
Just pulled off. We got out to help but were quickly moved away from the scene by other officers. I wanted to help so bad yet was helpless as his partner moaned. I gave statements to the Metro police that night and prayed that this young officer would make it. By the time we made it to Ny we found out he passed. I'm so sorry to the family I was unable to help. I will forever remember this, I'm so sorry.

Swail Walker Jr
Truck Driver from South Carolina
April 9, 2014


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