Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Leslie Dean Keely

Flint Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, September 24, 1999

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Reflections for Police Officer Leslie Dean Keely

I just seen your wife and son at the Airport returning from a trip. It seems like yesterday that we lost you. I have not forgot about all the good times. Still thinking about you. CC

Chris Curnow
Bishop Airport police (retired Flint PD)

April 18, 2006

Although I bearly remember you I always heard good things about you, I really miss you and now I see that the lord needed a good guy up there, and he picked you. Not a day I'm at the police Station and always look at the Plaque that was made in your honor. Les, Everyone misses you espacilly Blake, Brandon, And most of all Lisa.
I know I will see you soon (hopefully not to soon) and will remember what a great officer you were and a great friend.
Michael Forystek

P.S. Say Hi to my uncle Wayne Forystek and Uncle Bob Forystek for me. Good Bye

Michael Forystek
Dave's Son and Blake's Friend

March 10, 2006

Hey Les not a day goes by that I dont think of you in some way, shape or form. I know you are up above us all making sure we are out of harms way. I miss you so much that it hurts to think about it. You were more than a uncle you were my friend and whenever I had a problem no matter how small I know I could come to you and you would help however you could. We had alot of great times together and whenever I see some of the officers you worked with they always have a story about you that brings a smile to my face. I know that god must have needed a good laugh and a little protection to call such a beloved person like yourself to his side. I would like to let anyone who reads this know what a wonderfull person Les was and what a deep impact he had on those who knew him. I love you Les.

Chad Barnes

November 14, 2005

dear dad,

we miss you very much. love you! mom took me and a friend to a red wings game saturday wish you where next to us cause i love you and you love hockey.

from your son

blake keely
p.s. mom says hi

blake keely son

November 9, 2005

Taking a moment today, Oct 8th 2005 to reflect upon your service and wishing God's continued grace upon your family, friends and fellow officers.

Civilian, Newtown Bucks Co, PA

October 8, 2005

It is hard to believe it was been 6 six years. I miss you so very much and it has been so incredibly difficult without you. Brandon has had some struggles and Blake needs you to talk to about the things a mom can't or doesn't understand. He loves to play sports and he needs you to help him with it. I look around at all the dads playing or attending their sporting events and it just makes me so sad. Every year he completes another grade I start crying thinking it's another year you didn't get to see. I thought it would get easier, but it just seems to get more difficult. Don and Jo have been so good to us. We are truly blessed to have them in our lives.

Love & miss you, Lesa

lesa Keely

October 1, 2005

Les, It's been six years since your passing. I still have a picture of you in my locker playing Solitaire at the Patrol sesk just a few weeks before we lost you. I still laugh when I think of the time you threw the mic in the patrol car after being told to return and work the desk. It was a quite Sunday morning on first shift, you had your coffee, thick Sunday paper (free from the journal) and we were north on Dort Hwy at Stewart. I suppose we were headed for a nice quite spot. That mic bounced off the dashboard and windshield and then landed on the floorboard. Boy you were pissed!! You told them that you would have to go home and pack a lunch. I was a rookie then, but now having 9yrs. on the job, I understand brother! God Bless!

Ofc. Todd Pillsbury
Flint Police Department

August 26, 2005



July 18, 2005

Today we lost another brother, much in the same manner we lost you. I know that you have him in your arms in heaven and are telling him how wonderful it is! Everyone still talks about you like it was just yesterday you left us. We all miss you dearly and are taking some comfort that you have your arms around another brother in blue! Love you!

A Friend

July 16, 2005

I visit this site very often and I don't think I've ever seen so many reflections left for a fallen brother/sister in blue by his/her department or agency, not to mention community. Rest in peace Officer Keely and may God bless your family.

Sr.Cpl Hunt
Dallas PD

April 21, 2004

I remember the day I walked into the white horse to have breakfast. I was a rookie and was feeling uncomfortable among all the senior officers. As I sat down in a corner by myself, an officer with a big mustache and a loving face called me over to sit with everyone else. That officer (Les) proceeded to make me laugh. After 5 minutes, I forgot all about being uncomfortable. I ate my breakfast in the best company. Then when the check came Les let the waitress know that the "rookie" was picking up the tab. Then he turned to me and said "That's for not buying an elevator pass". I didn't mind. I would pay for that man's breakfast everyday just to be in his company, if only for half and hour.
From that day on it seemed that no matter kind of bad day I was having Les would say something to make me laugh. Then whatever it was that was bothering me didn't seem as important. No one was allowed to be in a bad mood around Les.
The world misses you Les. "At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities."

Cpl. Melissa Krot
Dearborn Police

March 11, 2004

4 hard to believe it's been that long already. You are so deeply missed and thought of often. Your boys are such wonderful representatives of the love you shared with them...there isn't a day that passes that they don't think about and share their memories of you with others. We love you always. God Bless you and keep.

September 24, 2003

It is a year today since you were taken so suddenly from us and the pain has not diminished.  Les, I miss you and think of you often.


Lt. William Khouri (Retired)
Flint Police Dept.

Les It's been almost eight months since you have been gone.  It was hard for me in Washington to see your name etched in stone. Beneath the lion it was etched " In valor there is hope." To see your name on the wall, it finally set in that you were gone, but that you would always remain my friend. Don't worry about the wife and kids, they have been taken care of and they are only a phone call away. You must have thought it was funny to turn on the rain hose as you did and postpone the ceremony.  And, I know you did it with a GRIN. You may be gone, but you are not forgotten.  You are now our guardian angel in blue. Take care for now.  Hold me a spot.  Have a cold brewski and a container marked "chicken soup".   C.B.

Clarence Banks
Flint Police

I just wanted to let you know that you were in our thoughts and prayers today. It is still very hard to believe that you aren't with us anymore.  You are, however, and will always be in our hearts!

Now for some ligher stuff I know you'd appreciate....:)

You really got ahold of that garden hose the other day didn't you!!!  Just don't get too comfortable with it, alright!

Also, did you catch the basketball tournament?  MSU finally won another championship!!!! I'm just sorry we didn't get to celebrate the victory together.  You always were a true Spartan fan, and I know you would have appreciated this victory as much as I have.  Could you put a good word in for next year too; I'd really like to see them repeat and put all of the critics to rest already!

We love and miss you so much! 


Les was a stand up guy. A few years back my wife was chased by local gang members from a grocery store, after they almost hit her vehicle. She got away and was able to give me a thorough description of the perps and their vehicle. After roll call the next day I told Les what had happened. He told me "We'll find 'em and take care of them" . Two days later, true to his word, Les spotted the suspect's in their vehicle. He radioed  me and waited until I caught up with him to make the stop. I approached the vehicle on the driver's side, Les on the passenger side. Before I knew what was going on, Les was pulling the passenger through the window by his hair. The punk was screaming, scared to death, not knowing why they had been stopped yet. The driver immediately threw his hands in the air out the window pleading not to kill him. Les went after these guys like it was one of his own that had been terrorized, but knowing Les, it was one of his own that had been threatened. Les was a true blue copper, we were all family, and it showed. By the way Les, after you scared the doo doo out of these guys I think they sold the truck and left town 'cause I haven't seen them since. Thanks for being there bro. You're still with us.

A Friend
Flint PD

Happy birthday brother. We love and miss you. 12/19/1999

All of Your Friends

Les, we know that God is in control and makes no mistakes. He is usually fixing the many mistakes we make. But when he made you, it was definetly for a reason, to bring others joy. To brighten someones day, to always have a joke to say. You will never know the impact you have made on so many lives, mine included. I thank God for the time he shared you with us. I/we will continue to pray for your family in your absense. You will be missed.

Ofc. Jeff Wheeler
Flint Police Dept

The first time I heard Les' name was when I was in the Academy. Our entire class was warned by Sgt. Mata, to avoid being the victim of one of Les' practical jokes. Apparently, Les enjoyed trying to sell elevator passes to the rookies on their first days on the job. Looking back now, I wish I had one of Les' elevator passes. Hey Les, ALthough I only rode with you a handful of times, I'll miss you and your great sense of humor.

Ofc. Todd Pillsbury
Flint Police Dept

Never have I laughed so much or been so touched by another human being. You were one of a kind, and the city needed your laughter. Les you will be missed more than you will ever know. I don't think that any of us, knew how much we would really miss you. But i know that none of us who ever knew you will ever be the same. Rest in Peace my friend and keep warming us with your smile.


Les, We met about 10 years ago and spent a lot of midnight shifts laughing. We will never forget all the times you were at kountry kettle saving the waitress's from every kind of drunk idiot in flint. No matter what all those nights brought you allways brought with you a kindness and smile that no other police officer i know ever had.Every time i think of you i smile and laugh out loud,thats the kind of guy you are. Special, I think God took you home because he needed to smile too.We miss you and think of you often.You have left this world and it just seem's a little colder and sadder. God bless you (lester) See you soon Steve and Kristy Diekema

trooper steve diekema and family
michigan state police

Rest in peace, Les. You will never be forgotten.


This poem was sent to me and I couldn't help but think, as Les has proven, how true; how true.

If I knew it would be the last time

that I'd see you fall asleep,

I would tuck you in more tightly

and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time

that I see you walk out the door,

I would give you a hug and kiss

and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time

I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,

I would video tape each action and word,

so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,

I could spare an extra minute or two

to stop and say, "I love you,"

instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time

I would be there to share your day,

well I'm sure you'll have so many more,

so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow

to make up for an oversight,

and we always get a second chance

to make everything right.

There will always be another day

to say our "I love you's,"

And certainly there's another chance

to say our "Anything I can do's?"

But just in case I might be wrong,

and today is all I get,

I'd like to say how much I love you

and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,

young or old alike,

And today may be the last chance

you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,

why not do it today?

For if tomorrow never comes,

you'll surely regret the day.

That you didn't take that extra time

for a smile, a hug, or a kiss

and you were too busy to grant someone,

what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,

and whisper in their ear,

that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say, "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me,"

"thank you," or "it's okay."

And if tomorrow never comes,

you'll have no regrets about today.


Les was my uncle. He died in the line of duty. Now there is a hole in me and nothing can replace it until I see him in heaven. I loved and still love him dearly. I am very sad and I will be for a while. He has a lovely grave area. It looks just like a fairway-just like he would like it. I never can remember when Uncle Les wasn't happy. I have read some news articles-lots of times and I will read them many more times. I feel like I could just tear apart the person my uncle was chasing. I would give all of the money in the world to see him again and to not have had him die. He was the most funniest person I knew. I just can't stress how much I love and loved him. Words can't expalin how I loved him. He would make a friend with lots of people. The I.M.A. has two lovely memorials for Uncle Les. One is Keely's Korner on the outer ring of the ice where the Flint Generals play. Another is in the officials locker room. He used to be in the penalty box as a policeman. There is a plack and if you go farther into the locker room you see a wonderful picture sketched in pencil. I miss him. He will never be replaced in my heart and I think we will always be in his heart too.

Bravery, Kindness, Helping, Practicing--That is a job of a Policeman

Funny, Loving, Helping, Kindness and more that is what a perfect uncle and father is ....
Put them together and you get Les Keely.

Nicholas Auwaerter--October 16, 1999

Les, I still can't believe you're gone. Everytime I see your picture in the hallways, I stop and reflect. I reflect on all the good things everybody says about you and the stories we still tell. I can't help but notice that even though you're gone, you're still bringing smiles to everyone's faces as they remember you the way you were.

God Bless you Les, and put a good word in with the Big Chief for all of us!! I miss you!

Ofc. Amy Rogers
Flint P.D.

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