Police Officer John Graham Kelty

Police Officer John Graham Kelty

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, January 11, 1903

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John Graham Kelty

Police Officer John Kelty was killed in a streetcar crash on Frankstown Avenue, in front of the old Homewood carbarns between Felicia Avenue and Braddock Avenue. He was returning to his beat after finishing his meal break at his residence only a few blocks away.

The streetcar that Officer Kelty was riding on had stopped at the carbarns so the conductor could make a report. Another streetcar approached down a steep grade and was unable to stop.

Both of Officer Kelty's legs were severed in the collision and he died a short time later after being transported to the East End Hospital. Eleven other citizens were injured in the collision.

Police Officer Kelty served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 12 years and was assigned to the 6th Police District East End, present day Zone 5 Police Station. He was survived by his wife, and eight children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Train accident

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Patrolman Kelty,
On today, the 115th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 11, 2018

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