Police Officer Joseph Charles Friel

Police Officer Joseph Charles Friel

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, December 4, 1994

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Joseph Charles Friel

Officer Friel was killed when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver on Ridge Avenue near Acorn Street.

The 26-year-old driver was convicted of vehicular homicide, drunk driving, and sentenced to 3 to 6 years in jail.

Officer Friel had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for only 6 months and was assigned to the 5th Police District. He was survived by his son, two sisters, and a brother. Officer Friel's younger brother also served as a Philadelphia police officer. One of Officer Friel's uncles was killed in the line of duty in 1986 while serving with the Philadelphia Fire Department.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 6267

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 6 years

drunk driver

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Rest in peace Officer Friel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 18, 2022

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