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Police Officer James Francis Kane

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 5, 1959

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Reflections for Police Officer James Francis Kane

On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will always remember. Rest in peace always.

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

June 5, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice and heroic actions will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

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

June 28, 2020

My father, Anthony Rizzo, was on duty in the same district and shift the night Officer Kane was killed. My Dad passed away in 1961 (not in line of duty) but I still remember the picture of him standing at the scene of that terrible event. If any of Officer’s Kane’s family read this, I know you must still grieve his loss. Please know Officer Kane is still remembered and you folks are in my prayers.

Raymond Rizzo
Son of Philadelphia PD Officer Rizzo

August 14, 2019

Officer Kane,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice- not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 5, 2019

When I joined the Philadelphia police department in Sept 1960 I was assigned to the sixth district. Jim Kane was the subject of much discussion and the lesson as to the seriousness and vulnerability of our service. I have seen his name on the city memorial.

Loring Hill Ptlm
Philadelphia Pa PD

November 21, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 6, 2015

On this 56th anniversary of your sacrifice, I wanted to honor your memory. I still remember answering the phone that fateful morning and for the first time in my life seeing my father cry.
I fondly remember you taking us to ride the carousel in Hunting Park and then to the bar where your friends would give us nickels for future rides!
Thank you, Uncle Jim for the memories and your service.

Mickey Kane

June 5, 2015

I currently work in the 39th District, where P/O Kane worked many years before me. You are always in our thoughts & prayers and will never be forgotten.

P/O Savoy
39th District, Philadelphia Police Dept

January 10, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 53rd anniversary of your death. 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.

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

June 5, 2012

How does one thank a person such as yourself for the courage, bravery and dedication you displayed and for the sacrifice you made? You Sir, are a true hero and I thank you.

Sgt. T. Henshaw
Bell Gardens Police Dept., CA

December 4, 2010

My Dad, Ptl. Joseph I. McDevitt's, tour of duty was 4-12, and on the night of June 5, 1959, was relieved by Officer James Kane. My brother and I were children at the time but still remember the circumstances and still discuss it.

My Dad passed away on July 18, 2008, at the age of 91, less than 3 months after our Mom's passing.

We want the Kane family to know that we think of them often and keep them in our prayers, and wonder where Mrs. Kane and her son and family are now residing.

Barbara A. McDevitt Kane (no relation)


June 6, 2009

I have few, but great memories of my father. Playing in Hunting Park with him and my mom, eating breakfast with him after his shift and even visiting his district. I still remember the night that his fellow officers came to our house and my Mom ctying. I was named after my father, I named my oldest son after my father and he his first son after my father.I want to thank everyone for all their kind words. I miss him.

J. Kevin Kane

April 15, 2009

My name is Pat Kane. My husband is John, Jim's older brother Since I am not a computer whiz like my children, I was guided by them to this web page .I can't tell you the emotional memories it brings back.I am writing to thank all of you for sharing your thoughts and memories with us. You have no idea of how comforting it is to know that people feel as you do in offering us your love and support. God bless you all and God bless all those other families who lost their loved ones , Pat and John


April 15, 2009

I never got to meet you as I was born two years and a month later but I remember hearing of you and seeing pictures from your funeral that my Dad,John Kane, your brother and mom saved. We as a family are very proud of you and how you sacrificed your life for the safety of others. I am truely sorry I never did get to meet you and know it was hard on my Aunt, your son, your parents and brothers and your friends to lose you at such a young age. We are glad that your memory is a constant reminder of what is good in this world.

Renie Kane Ostien

April 15, 2009

You are a hero who will always be remembered. Thankyou for your service


December 28, 2008

Patrolman Kane was my relief that night. I worked the 4-12 shift and he the 12 - 8 shift. Still think about it.
Joseph I.McDevitt, (Retired) Philadlephia Policeman.

Ptl. Joseph I. McDevitt, Sr. (Retired)

November 7, 2007

Rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 5, 2007

R.I.P. Sir.

Sergeant Jim Morace

June 5, 2006

my stepfather Capt. Daniel F Sullivan was proud to have assisted in the capture of this man and returning him to Philadelphia. although his brother chose to be killed instead of surrendering Dan never forgot the value of taking a life . even 1 that was deserving of it. His memories of that day stayed with him until he died as did his love for law enforcement and respect for a police officer he never knew. In Dans name I would like to salute Officer James Kane as I know Dan also risked it all to bring his killers to justice. My love to both of you and sorrow for your passing
thank you for what you have given me
Dennis Sneller

dennis sneller

January 17, 2006

Although Officer Kane was killed in the line of duty a year before I was born, I honor him for the sacrifice he gave to the people of the city. He has been on patrol in heaven since June 5,1959 where there is no End Of Watch.

Sgt. John Witherup
Temple University Police Dept.

Sergeant John Witherup
Temple University Police Dept.

January 4, 2006

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