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 driver was convicted of charges filed in connection with Officer Friel's death and sentenced to 3 to 6 years in jail.

Officer Friel had served with the agency 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 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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I was not working that shift. But several of my close friends were. It was unbelievable it first, then it started to sink in. It was horrible.
Rest in peace Chuck.

P/O Jim McGurn
Philadelphia police 5th district 5 squad.

November 30, 2019

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