Officer Kevin Joseph Welsh

Officer Kevin Joseph Welsh

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Monday, August 4, 1986

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Kevin Joseph Welsh

Officer Kevin Welsh drowned after jumping into the Anacostia River in an attempt to rescue a suicidal woman who had jumped off of the 11th Street Bridge. While in the water Officer Welsh indicated he needed help but went under and drowned before he could be rescued.

Officer Welsh was assigned to the Special Operations Division and had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his expectant wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 3837

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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MPD honors 34th anniversary of officer’s death

Posted August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The Metropolitan Police Department is honoring the life of Officer Kevin Welsh. 34 years ago, on August 4th, Officer Walsh died trying to rescue a civilian.

MPD says Officer Welsh jumped into the Anacostia River to save someone who had jumped off a bridge. Welsh did not survive.

The police department says he will never be forgotten, honored for his bravery and courage.

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August 5, 2020

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