Police Officer Charles Oddo

Police Officer Charles Oddo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, February 17, 1996

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Charles Oddo

Officer Charles Oddo was struck and killed by a drunk driver while setting up flares in the merge lane of the Gowanus Expressway, at Belt Parkway, to close the roadway down after a tanker spill.

He sustained major head injuries when he was struck by an SUV as he spoke with another motorist. He was flown to Bellevue Hospital where he underwent two hours of surgery before succumbing to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Oddo was arrested and charged in connection with the death.

Officer Oddo had served with the agency for 6 years and was assigned to the Highway Unit 2.

In 1996, Officer Oddo was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Purple Shield Medal.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 13695

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Arrested

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Rest In Peace Officer Oddo. I was with my family last night heading home and I never used that entrance to enter the highway before. I saw your name and wanted to know who you are. Thank you for giving your life to NYC and the citizens of this city. A lot of people are forgotten about and I am happy that I was able to see your name and leave some words on your memorial page. Thank you!

P.O. Eccles

July 14, 2019

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