Police Memorial

TO OUR FALLEN COMRADES WHO HAVE PRECEDED US

The following Delaware River and Bay Authority officers were killed in the line of duty:


Name: Vincent A. Julia
Rank: Patrol Officer
End of Watch: February 9, 1996 at 09:23 hrs.
Cause: Automobile Collision
Age: 27
Service Years: 1993-1996 (2)

Ptl. Julia was assisting a disabled tractor-trailer on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.  A dump truck disregarded the closed lane signals and struck Ptl. Julia’s police car from the rear.  The police car was destroyed in the resulting fire.

National Law Enforcement Memorial (NLEM)

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Ptl.  Vincent A. Julia is remembered and honored on panel: 59-W: 20

 

Name: Harry P. Cloud
Rank: Patrol Officer
End of Watch: July 2, 1955
Cause: While on foot, a vehicle struck Ptl. Cloud
Age: 30
Service Years: 1953-1955 (2)

Ptl. Cloud was working on foot in the Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll Plaza setting traffic cones for a traffic diversion.  Ptl. Cloud was struck by a passing vehicle and killed.

National Law Enforcement Memorial (NLEM)

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Ptl. Harry Passmore Cloud is remembered and honored on panel:  43-E: 1

 

Delaware Law Enforcement Officers Memorial  

 

 

The following Delaware River and Bay Authority officers died while serving:

 

Name: Chaplain Major Father Stanley R. Drupieski OSFS
Rank: Chaplin Major
End of Watch: September 25, 2011
Cause: Renal and Heart Failure
Age: 75
Service Years: 1997- 2011 (14)
In addition to Major Father Drupieski priesthood work with the Diocese of Wilmington, he served as Chaplain for the DRBA police department, with the honorary rank of Major. Father Drupieski received numerous Life-Saving, Meritorious Service, and Citizen Awards for his efforts involving suicide interventions on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Father Drupieski was a very gentle man with his life centered in Christ. He had a unique ability to selflessly minister to the officers, employees, their families, and the community, despite differences in faith. He was known to us affectionately as “Father Drup.” He had an incredible sense of humor and could always bring a smile to everyone’s face with a perfectly placed and timed remark. We all welcomed his visits, counseling, and his unwavering support for “his cops.” Father Drupieski was a teacher, mentor, and friend. This member of “Our Family” will be sorely missed.

 

Name: William B. Murphy
Rank: Patrol Officer First Class
End of Watch: December 30, 1994
Cause: Heart Attack
Age: 51
Service Years: 1989-1994 (5)

PFC. Murphy is remembered for his comical personality.  Those who knew him always smile and shake their heads when they recall “Murph the Smurf.”  Bill had the ability to bring you to tears laughing at others and ourselves.  However, when this officer meant business, he meant it and had the ability and courage to stand up to anyone, anywhere.  Everyone always looked forward to working alongside him.  He was a retired Philadelphia Police Officer.

 

Name: Roland P. Millman
Rank: Corporal
End of Watch: November 22, 1993
Cause: Cancer
Age: 42

Service Years: 1986-1993 (7)

Cpl. Millman is remembered for a dry, quick-witted sense of humor.  “Sonny,” always could take the dull and routine and cause you to laugh and make a joke about it.  He loved to play harmless practical jokes on his co-workers which made working with him quite interesting.  Sonny always held a curiosity with the assassination of President JFK.  He would often remark how one day we would all find out how President Kennedy really died.  President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, 30 years prior to the day of Sonny’s “End of Watch.”

 

Name: John J. Krzysiak
Rank: Lieutenant
End of Watch: April 21, 1977
Cause: Heart Attack
Age: 46
 
Service Years: 1952-1977 (25)

Lt. Krzysiak is remembered for being “strong as a bull,” relating to his physical fitness.  “Lonnie” was a former football player who played the position of lineman.  According to his supervisors, Lt. Krzysiak was a very devoted officer.  He enjoyed socializing with a very tight peer group at the New Jersey Shore, especially Wildwood.  His son, now a retired New Castle County Police Officer, is a current Delaware State Fire Marshall.  People often remarked how Lt. Krzysiak’s son resembles him.

 

Name: Robert T. Banks
Rank: Sergeant
End of Watch: May 2, 1969

Cause: Heart Attack
Age: 33
Service Years: 1958-1969 (11)

Sgt. Banks is remembered for being a well liked and organized Platoon Commander.  Robert started his career at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Police after serving in the United States Marines as a military police officer.  He was known as a visionary and entrepreneur.  His peers always enjoyed his strong southern accent.  Robert was from Sussex Co. Delaware.

 

  

 

 

 

  

Name: Ralph C. Sellitto
Rank: Patrol Officer First Class
End of Watch: June 5, 1964
Cause: Complications from a streptococcus infection

Age: 24
Service Years: 1962-1964 (2)

PFC. Sellitto is remembered as a well liked and a tough cop.  His death was a complete shock and loss to everyone in the department.  Interestingly, shortly before his death, Ralph discovered he had a fear of heights when he was tasked with directing traffic on foot, on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.  He worked under the command of Lt. Krzysiak, who also died while serving as a Delaware Memorial Bridge Police Officer.

 

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