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Trooper Wilburn A. Kelly | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Wilburn A. Kelly

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, March 23, 1974
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Reflections for Trooper Wilburn A. Kelly

 

Happy Birthday daddy...love and miss you always

Mrs Cynthia JKelly Schuster
Daughter
October 30, 2017

Today would have been your 86th birthday, which in this day and age is young. I have missed you all these days and wish with all my heart you were here to celebrate this birthday with your family and friends......

Cynthia J Kelly Schuster
Daughter
October 30, 2016

Dearest daddy,
In a few days your oldest great grandson will be graduating from high school. It seems like yesterday that I told you of his birth. You are always in my thoughts, esp times like these. I miss you and love you, always your daughter cindi

Cynthia J Kelly Schuster
Daughter
May 12, 2016

I remember you as both a fine person, loving Father and honest officer. You were always fair and kind to me and my deep respect for you has not been diminished in the least by time (oh so many years).

Your love for your family and your devotion to your community is a great and beautiful legacy that I will admire until my days are done.

Thank you, Buddy, I think of you quite often and may God bless your soul and keep you close to him, always.

Citizen - Bruce M. Cohoon
Personal Friend and Admirer
December 31, 2015

Uncle Buddy you were and are an inspiration to me in my career as a LEO in Florida. I miss you and wish you were here so I could ask you how you did the job and the adventures you had.
You are and will always be my hero.
Rest in Peace

Ofc. Charles L. Kelly Jr.
Port Orange PD
July 29, 2013

I love you always!

Jody Gambill Hudspeth
July 16, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 23, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Kelly. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

As I await the birth of what would have been your fourth great grand child, I reflect on how excited you would have been. Our three daughters missed out on a grandfather and our grandchildren a wonderful great grandpa. There isn't a day that doesn't go by that I don't think of you, I miss you with all my heart daddy.....

Cynthia J Kelly Schuster
daughter
August 16, 2011

As I await the birth of what would have been your fourth great grand child, I reflect on how excited you would have been. Our three daughters missed out on a grandfather and our grandchildren a wonderful great grandpa. There isn't a day that doesn't go by that I don't think of you, I miss you with all my heart daddy.....

Cynthia J Kelly Schuster
daughter
August 16, 2011

Forever remembered for your service. God bless this Trooper

Lt TDW
ADOC SRP
April 2, 2011

Trooper Kelly,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Florida. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
USBP
March 23, 2011

HEROES do live forever, and you sir are one. May you continue to rest in peace and we will never forget.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Anonymous
March 23, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
March 23, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

You are not forgotten, especially on the anniversery of your death.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08

K.L.
March 23, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been a long time since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Trooper Kelly!

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL
December 16, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH
February 27, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
December 12, 2007

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI
May 12, 2007

Buddy, I was with you at the scene of the drowning & visited you and your wife at the hospital only a few hours prior to your leaving. It's been over 30 years, but I still remember you as a friend and mentor. Thank you & God bless you & your family. Shep

Lt (Ret) J. F. (Shep) Sheppard, Jr.
Florida Highway Patrol
July 16, 2004

You are not forgotten.

TROOPER
FHP
June 2, 2004

Rest in peace for we have the watch now.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.
March 16, 2004

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU, BUT I THINK OF YOU AND OTHER FALLEN TROOPERS OFTEN.

TPR. S.W. COODY
FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL
October 21, 2003

 
 

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