Sergeant Adam Rosenthal Delray Beach Police Department Florida End of Watch: Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Sergeant Adam Rosenthal
Delray Beach Police Department

End of Watch: Thursday, February 17, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 16 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Sergeant Adam Rosenthal was killed in an automobile accident near the intersection of Southwest 18th Street and Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton at approximately 6:15 am.
He was reporting to the station at the beginning of his shift when his patrol car struck a tree in the median. He was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Sergeant Rosenthal is survived by his four children.

Agency Contact Information
Delray Beach Police Department
300 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 243-7888
Please contact the Delray Beach Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

A 16-year-veteran of the Delray Beach police department has died in a wreck as he was heading into work this morning fro suburban Boca Raton. His department identified him hours after the fatal crash as their colleague Adam Rosenthal, a 39-year-old respected officer and father of four.

Flanked by dozens of police officers and administrative staff in the Delray Beach police department’s lobby, an emotional spokeswoman read from a prepared statement.

“He sadly leaves behind a wife and four kids, parents and siblings and scores of loving friends and relatives along with the youth of the community that he has touched.” She then paused overcome with emotion, before adding in a breaking voice, “Adam also leaves behind a heartbroken family here at the Delray Beach Police Department.”

At about 6:15 a.m. Rosenthal, who lived in northern Broward County, was headed east on Southwest 18th Street when he lost control of his police cruiser near Boca Rio Road.

The cruiser was nearly split in two as it wrapped around a palm tree in the median. The officer was flown by Trauma Hawk to Delray Medical Center, but officers on the scene say he did not survive.

Traffic homicide investigator Sgt. John Churchill said though parts of the county had slick roads this morning, this stretch was dry when investigators arrived. There is no indication any other cars were involved in the wreck, and investigators cannot yet say how fast the officer was travelling.

Churchill added that the spot on the car and hit the tree is the “sweet spot” and the car would not have had to have been speeding for it to fold around the tree as it did. The speed limit on Southwest 18th there is 45 mph.

Investigators will also be checking for any possible mechanical or medical issues that could have caused the driver to lose control of the car, Churchill said.

According to his resume, Rosenthal was a very accomplished officer who began his career on road patrol in 1995. He quickly moved on to a narcotics task force, making more than 3,000 arrests during his tenure there.

Rosenthal eventually became an officer suited to training other officers in everything from defensive tactics to S.W.A.T.

He has been honored by the U.S. State Attorney’s Office for his work on several firearms cases. And he was local chapter president for the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association.

When Rosenthal wasn’t training law enforcement officers he was teaching the martial arts, holding black belts in Judo, Ju-Jitsu and Karate. At one time he used those skills and created a martial arts program to keep kids in Delray Beach from killing time on the streets, according to his online resume at Progressive Combat solutions, a training and consulting company.

Rosenthal also taught women how to defend themselves against rape.

The crash shattered the early morning peace along a stretch of Southeast 18th Street.

Zak Woodward, an 18-year-old Papa John’s pizza maker, was skateboarding down Southwest 18th Street when he heard a loud bang behind him. He turned around to see the car wrapped around a tree, smoke pouring out of it.

“I heard screeching and a loud bang,” he said. “Three or four cars came down and stopped. People got out and tried to help him.” People also came from nearby neighborhoods, jumping guardrails to try to help, he said.

Southwest 18th Street is closed from Boca Rio Road west to Lyons Road. Drivers can take Palmetto Park Road.


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