Sergeant William J. Kelleher

Sergeant William J. Kelleher

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, May 15, 1974

William J. Kelleher

Sergeant Kelleher was killed when his motorcycle collided with a city sanitation truck at State Road and Ashburner Street. He was on his way to the Police Academy with forms he had picked up at police headquarters for a class he was teaching. He later died at Nazareth Hospital.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years, 3 months
  • Badge 418

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Dearest Billy:
Your name came up yesterday at lunch. It was a small reunion of the gang from Cook's Corner. There are fewer of us now. We are all in our late 70's. We are grandparents and great-grandparents. We shared memories. You will always be a part of my memories of the old neighborhood and St. Bernard's. We shared our first crush in 5th grade. I fell for your dancing blue eyes..and you, for my long brown hair. My heart broke when I heard of your passing and that you were riding a bike when you had that horrific accident. I remembered all the times when we were 12 years old that you took me on rides on the back of your Schwin. God bless you for your service to the City of Philadelphia and fly high with the angels. Please know that your friends from childhood have never forgotten you.

Joanne O'Meara-Jones

May 31, 2018

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