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

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Michael L. Petrella

Private Michael Petrella was killed in a motorcycle crash on Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., 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

motorcycle, weather

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I want to pay my respects to Officer Petrella a fellow officer who lost his life in the line of duty.

Sgt. Frank Robert Onolfi, retired
US Park Police

March 20, 2024

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