Patrolman Salvatore Patti

Patrolman Salvatore Patti

Passaic Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, June 25, 1958

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Salvatore Patti

Patrolman Salvatore Patti suffered a fatal heart attack that was attributed to an attack in which he was beaten by six men as he walked his beat at about 3:05 am on May 26th, 1957.

He had observed two cars racing on Pennington Avenue and stopped them at the intersection of East Main Avenue and Park Place. As he checked the identification of the occupants a third car with several more occupants pulled up. One of the occupants became disorderly and Patrolman Patti attempted to arrest him. He was attacked by the group and suffered serious injuries.

He never fully recovered from the assault and died from complications. The subject who held him while the other five beat him was sentenced to one to two years. The other five were ordered to pay fines.

Patrolman Patti was a WWII veteran and had served with the Passaic Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, May 26, 1957
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 years

arrest, traffic stop

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I would like to pay homage to you Officer Salvatore Patti on your 63 anniversary. You will not be forgotten and thanks to you I had the honor to work along side your son and Grandson. Thank you for your service.

Officer Juan J Nieves
Passaic Police Dept. P.B.A. President Local 14

October 6, 2021

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