Chief Richard Gaito of the Cliffside Park (New Jersey) Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Stephen Petruzzello.

Officer Petruzzello, 22, was crossing the street at a crosswalk with his partner, Officer Thaier Abdallah, when they were struck by a car at about 6:30 pm Saturday evening. Officer Petruzzello was vaulted in the air and Officer Abdallah was knocked to the ground.

Both officers were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center. Officer Abdallah was treated for his injuries and released the following day. Officer Petruzzello sustained severe head injuries in the crash and remained in ICU until he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Officer Petruzzello served the Cliffside Park Police Department for one month. He is the only officer to be killed in the line of duty in the entire history of the Cliffside Park Police Department. He is survived by his parents and siblings.

Officer Stephen Petruzzello-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, December 29, 2014.

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

To learn more:

https://www.odmp.org/officer/22315-special-police-officer-stephen-petruzzello

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2014/12/cliffside_park_special_police_officer_dies_after_being_struck_by_car.html

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2014/12/29/new-jersey-police-officer-hit-suv-dies/21000641/

http://7online.com/news/1-cliffside-park-officer-killed-1–hurt-after-being-struck-by-suv/452799/

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NJ-Part-Time-Cop-Struck-by-Vehicle-Remains-Hospitalized-286970871.html