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Detective James R. Kelly | Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Detective

James R. Kelly

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, June 3, 1955

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 13 years, 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

Incident Date: 6/2/1955

Weapon: Arson

Offender: Not available

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Detective James Kelly suffered a fatal heart attack that was triggered by severe smoke inhalation. As he was completing his shift the previous night an inmate started a fire in his cell by smoking in bed. Detective Kelly was able to rescue the inmate but inhaled a considerable amount of smoke.

He refused medical treatment and went home, where he began to feel ill. He went to the hospital the following morning where he suffered the heart attack.

Detective Kelly had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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on the 62nd anniversary of your passing, my son and i will honor you by lighting a candle and say easy siring a prayer over your family and department.

Rest easy sir, we've got it from here

Ashley M., Co-Founder
Jeffrey's Joy For All Heroes
June 3, 2017

 

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