Private Michael L. Petrella

Private Michael L. Petrella

United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, September 25, 1965

Michael L. Petrella

Private Michael Petrella was killed in a motorcycle accident on Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC, during a period of rain. His motorcycle struck the side of a car next to him. He was transported to George Washington Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Private Petrella had served with the United States Park Police for six years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and mother.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Location District of Columbia

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The proud men and women of the United States Park Police will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Michael Petrella and his surviving family. The selfless actions of our Fallen Heroes are the foundation of our core values (Integrity ~ Honor ~ Service). During Police Week, each year, we re-affirm and re-dedicate our commitment by honoring your service, your memory, and your sacrifice.

Chief of Police Rob MacLean
United States Park Police

May 6, 2016

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