Patrolman John Salo

Patrolman John Salo

Passaic Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, October 4, 1931

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John Salo

Patrolman John Salo succumbed to injuries sustained earlier in the night when he was struck in the head by a baseball while on duty at Third Ward Park.

He was attempting to hold a crowd back when he was struck in the head by the ball. He refused medical treatment after being hit and continued his duties of crowd control and directing traffic until he collapsed. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Patrolman Salo was a Merchant Marines veteran of WWI. He was also a local track legend and had won a trans-continental race from New York City to Los Angeles. He had served with the Passaic Police Department for three years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental

crowd control

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Officer John Salo may god always bless you and may he make you a guardian angel to protect your fellow brothers and sisters in Blue. Thank you for your service on the job and in the military service. On November 18th,2021 I will pay homage to you and all of the fallen officer in the City f Passaic , State of New Jersey and the entire US home and abroad.

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

October 6, 2021

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