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MCPD Officer Dies After Being Struck by Alleged Drunk Driver

December 10, 2015

Montgomery County Police are mourning the loss of Officer Noah Leotta.

   “It is with profound sadness that the Department confirms that Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta has succumbed to injuries he sustained when he was struck by a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol on December 3,” read a MCPD press release.

   Officer Noah Leotta, age 24, grew up in Montgomery County, was a Sherwood High School graduate, and attended Montgomery College. Officer Leotta interned with the Police Department from December 2011 to January 2013. He shadowed 1st District Officer John Romack, whose primary focus was enforcement of impaired-driving laws, and then was mentored by officers of the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

   In January 2013, Leotta was hired as a Montgomery County Police Officer Candidate and attended the Montgomery County Police Academy as a member of Session 58. The class graduated in July 2013 and Noah was assigned to the 4th District for field training. When he completed his training, he remained in the 4th District as a 4th District patrol officer.

   On the night that he was struck, Leotta was working as a member of the annual Holiday Alcohol Task Force. These officers devote their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses during the holiday season. On the night of Dec. 3, Leotta had stopped a car along Rockville Pike in Rockville. A Honda CRV slammed into his car and him as he was out of his police cruiser for the traffic stop. The driver of the Honda was identified as, Luis Gustavo Reluzco, 47, of Onley, was detained for “suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” police officials said.

   Leotta had a passion for serving the community and was an exemplary officer as evidenced by comments in a recent performance evaluation. His supervisor wrote, “He arrives at work early every day with a smile on his face as though he can’t wait to start the day. His enthusiasm for the job is unwavering and infectious.” His supervisor further explained, “He is humble and selfless and never seeks any recognition for himself. Officer Leotta is always willing to help out fellow officers in any way he can.”

   Chief J. Thomas Manger said, “Noah loved his job and demonstrated a level of enthusiasm that drove a work ethic and professionalism that we can all aspire to.  These qualities made him the man and the police officer that he was.”

   “The Department asks that you keep in your thoughts and prayers, Officer Noah Leotta, his family, his friends, his fellow officers, and the countless people whose lives he touched,” said the police press release.

   Officer Leotta is the second member of District 4 to die in the line of duty in five years. In 2010, Officer Hector Ismael Ayala was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call in Wheaton.

   Anyone wishing to send condolences to Noah’s family may send an email to fornoah@montgomerycountymd.gov.  The mailbox is designated for sending thoughts and prayers to Officer Leotta’s family. Due to the volume of mail, the department and family are unable to respond to any requests, questions, and/or comments.

   Mail or cards and messages may be delivered to:

The Leotta Family

Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District

2300 Randolph Road

Wheaton, Maryland 20902

 

   Officer Leotta’s family has requested that anyone wishing to make donations in memory of Officer Noah Leotta make them to the following organizations:

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.)

10440 Shaker Drive #207

Columbia, MD 21046

www.madd.org

 

HEROES, Inc.

1200 29th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC  20007

www.heroes.org

 

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

P.O. Box 3199

Camdenton, MO  65020

www.nationalcops.org

 

Editors Note: While this story is not a Germantown area story. In an incident such as this, when a member of our county police force dies as a result of injuries sustain in the line of duty. It is incumbent on the Germantown Pulse to make sure its readers and residents are aware of this profound tragedy which has affected our wider community.

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