Police Officer Joseph Charles Friel

Police Officer Joseph Charles Friel

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, December 4, 1994

Joseph Charles Friel

Officer Friel was killed when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver on Ridge Avenue near Acorn Street. The driver was convicted of charges filed in connection with Officer Friel's death and sentenced to 3 to 6 years in jail.

Officer Friel had served with the agency for only 6 months and was assigned to the 5th Police District. He was survived by his son, two sisters, and a brother. Officer Friel's brother also served as a Philadelphia police officer. One of Officer Friel's uncles was killed in the line of duty in 1986 while serving with the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 6267

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 6 years

drunk driver

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I had the honor of laying a wreath at your graveside during the past Christmas holiday. Actually my son laid it. My whole family accompanied me to remind you that you'll never be forgotten.

P/O Joe Leighthardt
Philadelphia Police Dept.

March 19, 2016

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