Police Officer Stephen John Petruzzello

Police Officer Stephen John Petruzzello

Cliffside Park Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, December 29, 2014

Stephen John Petruzzello

Special Police Officer Stephen Petruzzello succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier when he was struck by a car on Walker Street, near First Street.

He and another officer were crossing the street at approximately 6:30 pm when they were both struck by an SUV. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Officer Petruzzello remained until succumbing to severe head injuries. The other officer suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was issued several traffic citations in connection with the incident.

Officer Petruzzello had served with the Cliffside Park Police Department for only one month after graduating from the police academy. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of police officer. He was survived by his parents and sister.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge 133

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 27, 2014

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I had the great honor to meet the Petruzzello's just this weekend, while attending Candlelight vigil at the American police Hall of Fame in Titusville Florida this weekend. I never heard the heart-wrenching story and it's so heartbreaking. It was an honor to reflect with them and remember his memory.

SFC Michael Brunson
9463 foundation for Florida's fallen officers

May 19, 2018

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