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Police Officer Peter James Kneeland | Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer

Peter James Kneeland

Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 62

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 9/18/1991

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer Peter Kneeland succumbed to injuries sustained on September 18th, 1991, when he was struck by a drunk hit-and-run driver in front of a sports bar on Cambridge Street.

The subject fled the scene but was arrested three days later. He was subsequently convicted of charges connected with the incident.

The collision caused Officer Kneeland to suffer severe head injuries that left him in a wheelchair, unable to communicate, or care for himself. He remained in an institutional care facility from the time of the collision until he passing away as a result of his injuries.

Officer Kneeland had served with the Worcester Police Department for 14 years at the time he was struck. He is survived by his wife, two children, brother, and two sisters.

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Massachusetts suffered the death of 5 Police Officers on this date over the years. On this 3rd anniversary of your passing, Officer Kneeland, I pray to God you are the last. I feel it's tragic that you joined the ranks of those who gave their lives at all. I am sure you went straight to Heaven whereas you suffered for so many years in a Hell on Earth, that any sins you may have committed in life (and I doubt there were many) were atoned for. You are truly a hero.

God Bless you and those left behind. I firmly believe that they have kept you close in their hearts and minds and you will never really be gone from them. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
October 7, 2015


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