Detective James R. Kelly

Detective James R. Kelly

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 3, 1955

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James R. Kelly

Detective James Kelly suffered a fatal heart attack that was triggered by severe smoke inhalation. As he was completing his shift the previous night an inmate started a fire in his cell by smoking in bed. Detective Kelly was able to rescue the inmate but inhaled a considerable amount of smoke.

He refused medical treatment and went home, where he began to feel ill. He went to the hospital the following morning where he suffered the heart attack.

Detective Kelly had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 13 years, 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 2, 1955
  • Weapon Arson
  • Offender Not available

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on the 62nd anniversary of your passing, my son and i will honor you by lighting a candle and say easy siring a prayer over your family and department.

Rest easy sir, we've got it from here

Ashley M., Co-Founder
Jeffrey's Joy For All Heroes

June 3, 2017

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