Patrolman George Otavio Angeli

Patrolman George Otavio Angeli

North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, July 8, 1960

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George Otavio Angeli

Patrolman George Angeli was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating an accident on Curran Memorial Highway at approximately 11:15 p.m.

The 16-year-old driver and five companions ran from the car after hitting Patrolman Angeli. He struck Patrolman Angeli so hard that his service revolver and holster were ripped from his belt and embedded in the car's fender. It was estimated that he was driving between 90 and 95 miles per hour. The driver was arrested and charged with drunk driving, reckless driving, and speeding.

The driver was found delinquent of the traffic charges and fined $1,250.00, ordered to pay Patrolman Angeli's family $1,000.00, placed on three-year probation, and revoked his license for ten years. He was also left blind in one eye due to the collision.

Patrolman Angeli was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran and had served with the North Adams Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, three children, mother, and three siblings.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 21
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Fined $1200, suspended license for 10 ye

accident investigation, drunk driver, juvenile offender

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Patrolman Angeli, it has been 63 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you, your family, and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

July 8, 2023

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