End of Watch: May 7, 1941
Years of Service: 7
Badge #: 65
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 5-E: 21
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 Mott from it, and sending the motorcycle end over end until it hit a telephone pole. Mott's body landed in the northbound lane of travel, approximately 32 feet from his motorcycle. Mott died the next day, May 7, 1941, as a result of injuries sustained from the accident.
Trooper Mott gave his life while in the performance of duty and died upholding the highest traditions of the Rhode Island State Police and "In the Service of the State." He was the fifth member of the Rhode Island State Police to die in the line of duty.