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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Chief Leonetti,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during World War II-God knows what you had to endure as a Prisoner of War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 6, 2022

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