Chief of Police Angelo J. Leonetti

Chief of Police Angelo J. Leonetti

Long Beach Township Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, March 6, 1962

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Angelo J. Leonetti

Chief of Police Angelo Leonetti succumbed to exposure while conducting rescue efforts during a severe flood. Because of the high water, they were unaware that a portion of road had been washed out.

The military truck they were riding in sank when they encountered the washed out roadway. Chief Leonetti was rescued from the chest-deep water and sand mixture, but succumbed to hypothermia a short time later.

The town's civilian police commissioner also died as a result of the incident.

Chief Leonetti was a POW in WWII and had served with the Long Beach Township Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Hypothermia

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Thank you also for your military service and defending our country.

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

March 6, 2021

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