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Detective Joseph A.C. Kelly | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Joseph A.C. Kelly

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Arrested

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Detective Kelly was killed when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Fifty-Ninth Street in Manhattan.

Officer Kelly and his partner were traveling with lights and sirens on to a call of a hold-up in progress. The suspect’s vehicle never slowed for the patrol car and stuck it, killing Detective Kelly and injuring his partner, two other officers and a civilian who was standing on the sidewalk. The driver of the vehicle was arrested on a charge of suspicion of homicide.

Detective Kelly’s most outstanding feat in the time he was a Police Officer was that he once captured five burglars single-handed when he was a Patrolman in Manhattan.

Detective Kelly had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the one 80th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 17, 2012


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