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Police Officer Joseph V. Kelly | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Joseph V. Kelly

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, February 21, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 4937

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Officer Joseph Kelly was found shot to death in his patrol car.

While in prison, the suspect and a second inmate, were responsible for the stabbing murders of Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold, of the Philadelphia County Prison System, on May 31, 1973. Officer Kelly's murderer was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Warden Curran and Deputy Warden Fromhold.

Officer Kelly had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and five daughters.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Warden Robert Frederick Fromhold, Sr.
Philadelphia Prison System, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Thursday, May 31, 1973
Cause: Stabbed

Warden Patrick N. Curran
Philadelphia Prison System, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Thursday, May 31, 1973
Cause: Stabbed

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On Sunday, February 21, 2016 it will be 45 years that a wonderful Father and Husband was brutally taken from his wife and 5 daughters. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. There is such a void in our lives. While the dirtball is getting 3 hot's and a cot we have memories without our Father, missed graduations, weddings, the birth of his grand and great/grand children and many other occassions. We have to keep in mind that the sacrifice that he gave was not in vain.

Eileen Barclay(Kelly)
Daughter
February 19, 2016

 

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