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. His body was recovered four hours later.

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.

In 2022, the 11th Street bridge was renamed the 11th Street Kevin J. Welsh Memorial Bridge.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 3837

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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This is the anniversary of the tragic death of Kevin.

Kevin is also remembered in the online memorial service, Find A Grave.
( Memorial number, 13653618. Please visit and you may wish to leave
virtual flowers in Kevin's memory.

John Rentz
Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC.. Kevin was a colleague

August 4, 2021

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