Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Kevin Joseph Welsh

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Monday, August 4, 1986

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Reflections for Officer Kevin Joseph Welsh

This is the anniversary of the tragic death of Kevin.

Kevin is also remembered in the online memorial service, Find A Grave.
( Memorial number, 13653618. Please visit and you may wish to leave
virtual flowers in Kevin's memory.

John Rentz
Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC.. Kevin was a colleague

August 4, 2021

I met Kevin when I competed in SWAT competitions in the 1980's. Kevin was instantly a friend to myself and our team. He just had that kind of personality. Coming from the Winter Park Police Department in Florida we first met Kevin when his team came to Florida to compete in our local competition. He instantly became a friend to myself and our team. His skills as a fellow officer and competitor were matched by his skill at being kind to people. We continued our friendship when we traveled to D.C. To compete in their competition. One again Kevin became a fierce competitor and great friend. He was a true professional and a gentleman. He was a hero and role model for many and is still missed to this day.

Deputy Chief Bill McEachnie
Winter Park Florida and Maitland Florida Police Department (retired)

October 13, 2020

MPD honors 34th anniversary of officer’s death

Posted August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The Metropolitan Police Department is honoring the life of Officer Kevin Welsh. 34 years ago, on August 4th, Officer Walsh died trying to rescue a civilian.

MPD says Officer Welsh jumped into the Anacostia River to save someone who had jumped off a bridge. Welsh did not survive.

The police department says he will never be forgotten, honored for his bravery and courage.

Retired Police Officet

August 5, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 4, 2020

I had the honor of serving with Kevin on MPDC’s ERT for a brief period in the mid 1980’s. I came over from the 1st District and thought I knew all that there was to know about being a good cop…I was wrong, as Kevin, one our snipers, proved to me how much more, I truly needed to learn...He was a great mentor. It goes without saying, that he was truly one of the best of the best.

CAPT Tim McMahon, USN (ret)
Former MPDC 1st District/SOD ERT

May 15, 2018

I met Kevin when I was a young SWAT member with the Winter Park Police Department and we traveled to D.C. to compete in the SWAT competition they hosted. Our entire team instantly formed a friendship with Kevin as he was so outgoing and kind to us. We were all shocked by his death. I was thinking of him and found this page. Although it has been 31 years since his passing he is still remembered, he was that kind of person. A class act, a fine person and a great cop.

Deputy Chief Bill McEachnie
Maitland Police Department

July 27, 2017

Remembering a Father, Husband, Son, Brother and Friend to many. Kevin, we will always Cary a part of you in our hearts. May we love a little more, be a little kinder and face each day with more gratitude in your honor. I was with you that fateful day and a part of you will always remain with me for eternity. To my friend and partner rest in peace.

Lt. Steven B. ODell (Ret)

August 4, 2015

I would just like to thank all those who remembered him and gave such praise to the way he did his job. A special thanks to the gang that helped raise us 3 boys through the year and still to this day, you know who you are. It saddens me to read all the little messages that everyone left to him and our family but thank you all for being there for us, I'm sure they are reading all the post that everyone has left. To all the MPD family i thank you. I don't know where we would be with out you all. With moms passing, its been really hard to put into words what she meant to us and to all of the MPD family. She was a fighter but the cancer won the battle in the end. Thank you and your family for thinking of us through out the years and the present day. I would love to hear from the old gang once again. Please email me with updates on how you all are doing, my brothers and i would love to hear from you. Thanks again and God bless.

Jeffry R. Butler
Step son

May 15, 2015

I only wish I can be half the COP you ever were.....Uncle Kevin

DFC. Brian Rash #2264
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (nephew)

July 13, 2014

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

August 4, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 30, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 26, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Welsh. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

I knew you from high school. You were my hero then. Still are.

An Old Friend

November 22, 2009

How do you spell hero? KEVIN WALSH

God bless the Walsh family & MPD


August 4, 2008

On the 12th anniversary of Officer Welsh’s death, we honored his service during roll call by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job.

Officer Welsh is gone, but not forgotten.

Sergeant Jeffrey W. Timmons
First Responder Unit
United States Capitol Police
Washington, D.C.


August 4, 2008

Kevin, you were a great guy and I think of you often. What you did doesn't surprise me at all. You were always there to help someone in need. I'll look forward to seeing you again. You're always in my prayers.

OFC (Ret.)
MPDC Friend

February 26, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 9, 2007

Although I did not know Officer Welsh, myself along with the entire department will always remember the heroes of the MPDC, and keep their memory alive. To the children and family of Ofc Welsh, know that your extended family of the MPDC will never forget, you sound like a brave and amazing family. God bless all survivours of Ofc Welsh

Police Officer
Metropolitan Police DC

August 11, 2007

Kevin, you and Judy are together again. We are so sad as to her passing. We here know that she is safe and sound again in your arms. Jerome

Jerome Fremeau Retired

June 29, 2007

Kevin, Joe, Jeff and family

I heard about your mom just this Sunday. I had no clue she was ill. Im sure it is a bittersweet comfort to know that she is now in heaven with your dad. I think of all of you often, just while we were in MD on vacation I asked dad if he has heard anything from Judy. Judy was one of my favorit people. She had an amazing joy and light about her. I have such wonderful memories of the times our families spent together. I am praying for you all. Please remember we are still there for you guys. It is hard to believe we are all as old as we are, that just makes our parents that much older! :) Please let me, my dad or mom know if there is anything at all we can do. I know that my dad would be there is a second for any of you boys, he has always thought of you as the sons he never had. Please email me or get in touch with me through my dad, I would love to just catch up and see where you are all are in your lives. [email protected]

Kevin and Judy, I know you did a wonderful job raising your boys, with all the love, family and support they have I know they will be fine. You are both missed and loved by so many. I think of you often, and will continue to pray for your family and do whatever I can to help. Enjoy your new adventure together again.

Love and prayers
God Bless

Shannon Fremeau Haimes
Daughter of Officer Welsh's Partner

June 13, 2007

"My Brother"

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was idealistic and believed he could make a difference.
He was immensely proud of the uniform and the badge and what they represent.
He felt privileged to be of service to his department, his community and to his country.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was friendly, courteous, and polite, yet firm.
He laughed and joked, but was serious when necessary.
He was competent, trained, and professional.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He had a strong sense of right and wrong and became
frustrated when true justice became sidetracked.
He felt the sharp criticism that goes with the job, but he
never wavered.
He stood by and for his fellow officers.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He longed for his family during the long hours.
He worried about them during his shifts and the lonely
weekends, holidays and midnights when they were apart.
He felt guilty about the lost time, but knew his calling
and prayed they would understand.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was a good son, a loving husband, and a devoted father.
He was dedicated to the profession and cared about the
people he served.
He wanted to do the best job that he could and strived to
be the best he could be.
He was a good citizen and a good neighbor.

He was a cop.

Yes, I did know him.
He was a cop, he was my Brother.

Rest easy Brother Welsh, we have the watch...

”I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
---Isaiah 6:8

You answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest easy in God's kingdom and watch over us as we continue the battle here on earth!!!


April 8, 2007

Still in my thoughts and always in my prayers . . "See ya on the other side Kevin"

Former Police Officer, Carl E. Piper
Institutional Police Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia

January 24, 2007

I cant say that I remember a whole lot about Kevin himself. I was 9 years old, the day my mother got the call that Kevin, Dana, Steve and my father, Jerome had been involved in an "incident". I remember without a shadow of a dought, the days and events that followed Aug 4th 1986. My father lost one of his partners, brothers, most of all best friends. I remeber all the tears that came with the tragic loss of a brother. Most of all I remember Judy, Joe (Joe Bean), Kevin and Jeff, the strength Judy had to for her boys. Judy and the rest of the Welsh family were amazing. I credit that to the wonderful memories they had of a loving husband and father. I still think of all of often. Joe, Kevin and Jeff, I know that with the love and support of all the folks you had around you growing up, you have grown into great guys. I was always more then happy to share my dad with you all, I know he would still be there if you needed him.

God Bless you all, you are forever in my heart and will remain a part of my life and my history.

Shannon Fremeau Haimes

Shannon Fremeau Haimes
Daughter of Officer Welsh's Partner

November 28, 2006

I can't say that I have any reflections of my own, exactly, so I rely on the reflections of others to help paint the picture that is my father. Now that I'm older (20 years), I better understand the involvement that my dad's partners and co-officers had in my life at such a young age. I appreciate all the time you spent with my family, especially my mom (you know who you are). Most of all I'd like to thank anyone that has already left a reflection and for those who will in the future. It really and truly helps the family memebers more than you'll ever imagine. Thanks again.

Joseph John Welsh

September 18, 2006

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