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Officer Ernesto Hazleton City Police Department, Pennsylvania


Ernesto "Nesty" Valente

Hazleton City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, May 15, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Officer Nesty Valente was killed when he was thrown from the running board of a vehicle that was transporting an injured boy to the hospital.

The boy had been struck by a vehicle nearby and suffered severe leg injuries The driver of the vehicle placed the boy in the car and began driving him to the hospital through heavy traffic.

Officer Valente was flagged down and then jumped onto the car's running board and sounded his whistle as they continued to the hospital. As they approached the intersection of Broad Street and Wyoming Street the driver hit his brakes hard, throwing Officer Valente to the ground.

Officer Valente was taken to the hospital in a taxi but succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Valente had served with the Hazleton City Police Department for 17 years.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 15, 2015


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