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Hero Down: Newburgh Police Department Det. Daniel ‘D.J.’ Romano Killed In Snowmobile Crash

Webb, NY – Newburgh Police Department (NPD) Detective Daniel “D.J.” Romano died in a snowmobile crash on Jan. 28.

The 32-year-old off-duty officer was snowmobiling in the Adirondacks when he slammed into a tree, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Webb police officers responded to an intersection in the local snowmobile trail system shortly after 8 p.m. and found the injured detective.

He succumbed to his injuries shortly after being evacuated from the scene.

Det. Romano began “proudly” serving the NPD in 2018, according to his obituary.

“Whether he was taking an illegal handgun off the street or taking a picture with a child, Daniel shined like a bright spot in the department,” the tribute read.

Det. Romano earned a position on the department’s tactical unit last year.

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective.

“Daniel was beloved by his co-workers for his positive attitude, humor, and acts of kindness and will be greatly missed by all,” his obituary read.

Det. Romano leaves behind his wife, Kaitlyn, and his daughters, two-year-old Adrianna and one-year-old Alina.

He is also survived by his parents, brother, nieces, in-laws, grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Newburgh Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio said Det. Romano was an outstanding father and husband and a “compassionate, community-minded police officer,” the Times Herald-Record reported.

“He will be sadly missed. The entire town mourns his passing and prayers are with the family,” Piaquadio said.

A fundraiser established to help his family in the wake of their loss has raised over $260,000 so far.

Det. Romano was laid to rest Feb. 3, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Newburgh Police Department Detective Daniel “D.J.” Romano, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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