Sergeant William J. Kelleher

Sergeant William J. Kelleher

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, May 15, 1974

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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.

Sergeant Kelleher served with the Philadelphia Police Department for more than eight years.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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[email protected] I was trying to locate an old friend from decades ago, who bears the same surname. Also a Philadelphia police officer The officer I search, his sister was very close to my step father Detective Michael Buben Lowermakefield police dad had a close fondness for "Liz" and was guiding her in her desire to become an officer. My dad died at the scene resulting from a single car motor accident, off duty,losing control of his Corvette..his wife was in the car, MaryBeth-also a respected policewoman who later worked under the Attorney General.I do not know the man being reflected here..the officer, when I glanced at his photo then read so many law enforcement from across our country wrote to pay homage, different branches of our law enforcement his fellow Philadelphia comrades and of course his family.,I was compelled to leave my reflection of what I felt..I give my condolences to his loved ones and friends who "lives were changed that day"...

Maryann Devine

May 27, 2021

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