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Police Officer Joseph Friel | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Joseph Friel

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, December 4, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 6267

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 6 years

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Officer Friel was killed when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver. 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.

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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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