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Officer John Daniel Kennedy | Delray Beach Police Department, Florida Delray Beach Police Department, Florida

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John Daniel Kennedy

Delray Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, August 10, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 219

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer John Kennedy was shot and killed when he was ambushed as he sat in his patrol car.

He was writing a report while parked a gas station at the intersection of W. Atlantic Avenue and NW Eight Avenue shortly before 1:20 am. His body was located after he failed to respond to radio transmissions.

One of the suspects was arrested and convicted of second degree murder. He died in prison on February 24th, 2016.

Officer Kennedy had served with the Delray Beach Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his expectant wife, five children, parents, and sister.

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Officer Kennedy,

Today is a day of great sadness; Yesterday afternoon two NYPD Officers were murdered in cold blood, 3AM this morning a Tarpon Springs Police Officer was also murdered. I woke up and felt that I needed to visit you on this page.

Although I never met you and probably would've never met you as you would have been retired after I started my career at the DBPD in 2007, I feel like I have known you forever. I am honored to say that your son John has accepted me into your family as if I was his own son for the simple fact that WE share the same profession. I met your son, daughter in-law and grandchildren many years ago responding to a burglary that occurred across the street from your old home. Since, we have become best of friends. I have gone on vacation with your family, even been pranked by your grandchildren multiple times (the best was when they put flour and glitter in the A/C vents in my car, "priceless"). Last year, I had the most amazing honor and privilege of escorting your family to Washington DC’s National Police Memorial and hope to go again this coming year. This week I will be having Christmas dinner with your family and couldn't be more happy.

Your spirit lives on at the Delray Beach Police Department and you will never be forgotten.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Gary #984

Officer Gary Ferreri
Delray Beach Police Department
December 21, 2014

 

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