Police Officer Paul Michael Dittamo

Police Officer Paul Michael Dittamo

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Paul Michael Dittamo

Police Officer Paul Dittamo was killed in an automobile accident while responding to assist an officer who was struggling with a suspect high on PCP.

At approximately 1:00 am, Officer Dittamo and his partner were responding to the incident on Morris Road, SE. Their vehicle was traveling northeast on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE when he swerved to avoid a vehicle that failed to yield right of way. Their patrol collided with a utility pole in the 2200 block of MLK Avenue. Officer Dittamo was killed in the collision and his partner sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Officer Dittamo had served with the Metropolitan Police Department, Seventh District, for just over one year. He is survived by his expectant wife, parents, brothers, sisters, and 23 nieces and nephews.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge 4484

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Well Paul, here we are, 11 years later. I am tardy with a posting again......so much going on. The family did get together on October 30th at your site (this is the first year that I can recall that the EOW day is on a Saturday--same day of the week as when you left us). In case you were wondering, Virginia passed a new law effective July of this year that we cannot release balloons.......that did not hamper us getting together and doing something special. So, we decided to do sparklers. That was a sight to behold. I had Zach buy them at the end of July 4th firework sales so we would be sure to have them for the get-together. To our surprise, we had a LOT of smoke! They were sparklers but they also had a lot of smoke and the smell was something else too. As usual, we got together at the house and had pizza. Two officers attended from MPD and the Chief from PWC PD was with us with the sparklers, etc. Another adventure for the family. Today (November 1, 2021) , as I write this, it is my 80th birthday -- another milestone. Family coming tonight to celebrate the birthday with a lasagna dinner -- you are missed!

November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021

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