The History of the Rhode Island State Police Motorcycle Unit
Trooper John Weber
End of Watch: June 16, 1925
Years of Service: just over 1 month
Badge #: N/A
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 42-W: 11
Trooper John Weber was killed when the motorcycle he was operating collided with an automobile. He was among a group of troopers to take a motorcycle-riding lesson that afternoon from the barracks in Wakefield. Weber was the last of the group to come down the twisting driveway that led to the barracks. After turning out of the driveway and onto Boston Post Road, his motorcycle crashed into a passing automobile, just a few feet past the entrance to the barracks. Trooper Weber was killed instantly.
Weber served in the United States Navy from 1908 to 1922 (14 1/2 years) as a Chief Gunner's Mate and eventually Chief Torpedoman, during which he received numerous military decorations. During World War I he received the Navy Cross for his efforts in combating an oil fire aboard the U.S.S. Woolsey, during which he sustained severe burns to his face and hands.
Weber was a member of the very first Rhode Island Mounted Police Training Academy and was still a recruit in the Training Academy at the time of his death.
Trooper Bradford Mott
Trooper Bradford Mott was killed while patrolling on his motorcycle. On May 6, 1941, Trooper Mott was traveling north on Post Road in North Kingstown when the 1940 Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was riding went out of control and left the highway. Witnesses stated that the front end of the motorcycle began to shimmy back and forth and suddenly veered toward the shoulder and off the road. The motorcycle scraped along a stone wall until the front wheel hit a stone lodged in the dirt, at which time the motorcycle stopped short, throwing Trooper Mott from it, and sending the motorcycle end over end until it hit a telephone pole. Trooper Mott's body landed in the northbound lane of travel, approximately 32 feet from his motorcycle. Trooper Mott died the next day, May 7, 1941, as a result of injuries sustained from the accident.
Late 30's Early 40's
Class of 1952
RISP Colonel John T. Sheehan and Governor Dennis J. Roberts with dignitaries and troopers in front of a billboard unveiled in 1954
August 1977, Troopers Dennis Trombley and Robert McQueeney on patrol on Route 4 in East Greenwich.
Training Academy staff Trooper Bruce Bowie instructs student Troopers William Labossiere and Brendan Doherty in 1980.
Sgt. Peter Filuminia
2017 Trooper Micheal Colasante