Police Officer Joseph V. Kelly

Police Officer Joseph V. Kelly

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 1971

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Joseph V. Kelly

Officer Joseph Kelly was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire after he surprised a subject who was attempting to steal a vehicle in the 200 block of Paoli Avenue.

While in prison, the suspect and a second inmate, were responsible for the stabbing murders of Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold, of the Philadelphia County Prison System, on May 31, 1973. Officer Kelly's murderer was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Warden Curran and Deputy Warden Fromhold.

Officer Kelly had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and five daughters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 4937

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

auto theft

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On Sunday, February 21, 2016 it will be 45 years that a wonderful Father and Husband was brutally taken from his wife and 5 daughters. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. There is such a void in our lives. While the dirtball is getting 3 hot's and a cot we have memories without our Father, missed graduations, weddings, the birth of his grand and great/grand children and many other occassions. We have to keep in mind that the sacrifice that he gave was not in vain.

Eileen Barclay(Kelly)

February 19, 2016

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