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Police Officer John M. Kelly | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

John M. Kelly

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, July 17, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 4320

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to 6 years

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Officer Kelly was killed when his cruiser struck a utility pole during a pursuit of a stolen motorcycle.

Officer Kelly, a member of the department's auto-larceny unit, was working a red-light enforcement detail when he stopped a motorcycle with stolen license plates. As Officer Kelly approached the motorcycle, the operator fled on the motorcycle. Officer Kelly pursued the suspect when he lost control of his unmarked cruiser, a 1999 Chevy Lumina, and collided into the utility pole. The motorcycle driver fled the scene, but was arrested after police received a tip as to his identity.

The suspect was convicted of attempted assault second-degree, reckless endangerment, possession of stolen property, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with a suspended license. He was sentenced to only six years in prison.
Officer Kelly was posthomously awarded the agency's Medal of Honor
Officer Kelly had been with the New York City Police Department for nine years, and is survived by his wife and two young sons.

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Dear Uncle John,
It's me, your niece. Even though we never got to meet I feel like I know you so well. My dad,Mike, tells me any story about you he thinks are really good ones. My brother is named after you, and his name is John Michael Kelly in your honor. I love and miss you very much and I hope you are OK with grandma and grandpa up in heaven. I will think about you every day and I hope you're looking down on me too. Sean is in college and Chris is in his senior year of high school, and you would be so proud of everything they have accomplished. Chris is also driving now and so is Sean. We all love and miss you every day and you be in our hearts forever. You would never be forgotten. I will see you there one day, but for now I'll stay here. I LOVE YOU!

Jessica Kelly
January 23, 2017


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