Hundreds mourn Cliffside Park officer killed by SUV

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CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP/PIX11) — Hundreds of police officers and mourners attended a church service for a special officer killed in an accident last weekend.

Stephen Petruzzello, 22,  was a special officer in Cliffside Park for about a month before he was struck by a sport utility vehicle last Saturday while on a foot patrol.

He died two days later.

The driver told police she did not see the officers.

The Record of Woodland Park reports that officers from police departments across the region attended the funeral Saturday morning at Epiphany Roman Catholic Church.

Petruzzello was promoted posthumously to full-time officer.

Public officials also attended the services, including state Sen. Paul Sarlo and Bergen County Executive James Tedesco.

At the funeral, a car rode with the precession with flowers and Petruzzello's badge 133.

Another special officer was injured in the crash but is expected to survive.

As a special officer, Petruzzello could make arrests but did not carry a gun.


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