Officer John Daniel Kennedy

Officer John Daniel Kennedy

Delray Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 10, 1974

John Daniel Kennedy

Officer John Kennedy was shot and killed when he was ambushed as he sat in his patrol car.

He was writing a report while parked a gas station at the intersection of W. Atlantic Avenue and NW Eight Avenue shortly before 1:20 am. His body was located after he failed to respond to radio transmissions.

One of the suspects was arrested and convicted of second degree murder. He died in prison on February 24th, 2016.

Officer Kennedy had served with the Delray Beach Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his expectant wife, five children, parents, and sister.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 219

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison


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I worked with John D, and I still tell stories of his courage.
John covered my shift so I could extend my honeymoon.
I was going to repay the favor when I was told that I couldn't.
When I asked why, I was told , "don't ask". That night John was
ambushed, and this world lost one of the kindest human beings that I've ever met, or ever existed.
John is forever in my prayers

Ron Donlick
Former Delray Beach Police Officer

May 16, 2018

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