JAMESTOWN – A Providence Police Officer and former Narragansett resident was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday while he was off-duty in Jamestown.
John M. Reposa Jr., 43, died when his motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of North Road and West Wind Drive at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Jamestown Police.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to multiple media reports.
“Officer Reposa was a veteran officer who served our city with distinction and honor,” Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said in a statement.
Reposa was a resident of Narragansett for more than eight years, according to his obituary published in The Providence Journal Wednesday. He was the son of John and Delores Reposa of Jamestown and attended Jamestown schools before graduating from Bishop Hendricken High School in 1989.
He was a graduate of The Gunnery, a boarding and preparatory school in Washington, Conn., and later attended Roger Williams University before joining the Providence Police Department in 1994.
Known as “Johnny,” Reposa served on the Providence Police Department for nearly 20 years, and was a member of the patrol division, motorcycle squad, the narcotics bureau and traffic bureau. He was also part of the Providence Police Honor Guard, the Providence Police Department’s Pipe and Drum Corps and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 - Providence.
“He had a big personality and a big heart and was well liked by the community and his fellow officers, who nicknamed him ‘All City John’ because he was always there to provide backup,” Taveras said.
Taveras said Reposa would especially be remembered for “going beyond the call of duty,” citing examples of when Reposa and a fellow officer safely returned a child who wandered off to her family and then personally replaced an iPad that the child had lost.
“His compassion and integrity will never be forgotten,” Taveras said.
Michael Imondi, Police Lodge No. 3 Recording Secretary added, “John was always all in when it came to work and play, always with that smile and a handshake. Mere words cannot express how much he will be missed.”
Taveras ordered that all city flags be flown at half-mast in Reposa’s honor.
“It’s been a real rough week for the Providence Police Department with losing Johnny,” Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements Jr. said Thursday. “He truly was a gem, he had it all.”
Clements continued, “He was compassionate, a great street cop, respected by all on the police department for his talent as a police officer. He was a highly decorated officer and genuinely a really nice person and very caring. He was a good friend to many on this department and outside of the police department; he was loved by all.”Clements concluded by saying, “He really was just one of those guys … there’s simply not enough good things to say that I can say about him and every one of them is true.”