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 Exposure

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My favorite uncle out of five!
What I remember most about the incident, was my own father's disbelief.
He said, "Not Ange, it couldn't be him, he's the toughest man I know".
Rest in peace Uncle Ange, with your first born, who was more like a brother to me than a cousin.
I still love you both, always will.

Chris Capp

January 6, 2017

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