Officer Ernesto "Nesty" Valente

Officer Ernesto "Nesty" Valente

Hazleton City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, May 15, 1938

Add to My Heroes

Ernesto "Nesty" Valente

Officer Nesty Valente was killed when he was thrown from the running board of a vehicle that was transporting an injured boy to the hospital.

The boy had been struck by a vehicle nearby and suffered severe leg injuries The driver of the vehicle placed the boy in the car and began driving him to the hospital through heavy traffic.

Officer Valente was flagged down and then jumped onto the car's running board and sounded his whistle as they continued to the hospital. As they approached the intersection of Broad Street and Wyoming Street the driver hit his brakes hard, throwing Officer Valente to the ground.

Officer Valente was taken to the hospital in a taxi but succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Valente had served with the Hazleton City Police Department for 17 years.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

Most Recent Reflection

View all 6 Reflections

No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 15, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.