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Night Marshal John Franklin Kelley | Du Quoin Police Department, Illinois Du Quoin Police Department, Illinois

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John Franklin Kelley

Du Quoin Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, October 9, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/7/1921

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Night Marshal John Kelley succumbed to gunshot wounds he suffered two days earlier after confronting a disorderly subject.

After the subject had attempted to be served liquor at a diner on South Division Street at 11:30 pm, he was refused. The subject then became disorderly which attracted the attention of Night Marshal Kelley. As he was being reprimanded for his behavior, the subject produced a gun, shot Night Marshal Kelley four times in the abdomen and fled the scene.

Night Marshal Kelley was transported to Holden Hospital in Carbondale where he died two days later from the wounds he suffered.

Night Marshal Kelley had served with the Du Quoin Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, stepson, sister, three brothers and mother.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 91st anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 6, 2013


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