Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant William J. Kelleher

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, May 15, 1974

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Reflections for Sergeant William J. Kelleher

[email protected] I was trying to locate an old friend from decades ago, who bears the same surname. Also a Philadelphia police officer The officer I search, his sister was very close to my step father Detective Michael Buben Lowermakefield police dad had a close fondness for "Liz" and was guiding her in her desire to become an officer. My dad died at the scene resulting from a single car motor accident, off duty,losing control of his Corvette..his wife was in the car, MaryBeth-also a respected policewoman who later worked under the Attorney General.I do not know the man being reflected here..the officer, when I glanced at his photo then read so many law enforcement from across our country wrote to pay homage, different branches of our law enforcement his fellow Philadelphia comrades and of course his family.,I was compelled to leave my reflection of what I felt..I give my condolences to his loved ones and friends who "lives were changed that day"...

Maryann Devine

May 27, 2021

Billy can’t believe how long it’s been. Your family has grown so. Children and Grandchildren. Your heart would be filled with pride. They all pass on your stories. And I could certainly use a big brother right now. I lost Albert and I am crippled with grief. I’m so hoping there is more and he is with you.
You are missed by so many. Today is like the day died. Sunny and warm but all I have is tears.

Mary Ellen Perry

May 15, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

May 15, 2021

Another year without you. We are all old now. But I remember your young smiling face. None of us the same without you. Your family has grown so much. We would all be better if you were here.
Your sister.

Mary Ellen Perry

May 15, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Kelleher.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 15, 2020

I came across the reflection from Joanne and Frank last night. Made me feel so good that he is still remembered. We all miss him so much. His son would have loved to have been there, he is always looking for stories and memories of his Dad.
Mary Ellen Perry
His sister.

Mary Ellen Perry

October 10, 2018

Dearest Billy:
Your name came up yesterday at lunch. It was a small reunion of the gang from Cook's Corner. There are fewer of us now. We are all in our late 70's. We are grandparents and great-grandparents. We shared memories. You will always be a part of my memories of the old neighborhood and St. Bernard's. We shared our first crush in 5th grade. I fell for your dancing blue eyes..and you, for my long brown hair. My heart broke when I heard of your passing and that you were riding a bike when you had that horrific accident. I remembered all the times when we were 12 years old that you took me on rides on the back of your Schwin. God bless you for your service to the City of Philadelphia and fly high with the angels. Please know that your friends from childhood have never forgotten you.

Joanne O'Meara-Jones

May 31, 2018

Bill was a good friend of my brother , John Rooney, both hung at “ Cooks Corner”. He was the friendliest guy at the corner. I remember running into him at Narcotics headquarters after making an arrest. Those guys were 4 years older than me and I had. I idea he was a Philly cop too. This was around 1971. I hadn’t seen Bill since before I went into the service in 1965. He never changed, still funny and friendly. My brother and I still talk about him. He is remembered and prayerd for to
This day. God bless and Rest In Peace Bill.

Lt Frank Rooney
Phila Police Department

May 19, 2018

Words are never enough to say how much you are missed. We are not whole without you.

Mary Ellen Perry

October 10, 2015

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

May 15, 2015

It was a beautiful sunny day when it happened. If only it had rained you would't have taken your bike. Endless regrets. Jack and I miss you and know we would have been better people if you were still here to get us through things.
You are loved and missed

Mary Ellen Perry

May 15, 2014

Your loss is still felt so deeply. Your children are grown, grandchildren abound. You should have been here to see it all. Jack and I feel your loss everyday. We miss you and wish you were here to share our lives.
Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Perry

May 12, 2014

I still remember you laughing... a good guy gone way before his time... rest in peace, Billy...

Dianne Kuebler
Widow of Phila. Police Detective

May 15, 2013

My brother- still missed, my heart still breaks for our loss.
Your kids are grown, even some of the grandkids are grown.
You would have loved them all. 40 years - I still see you
young, handsome, Irish, singing.
Our lives are diminshed, and we are not whole without you.
Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Perry

May 14, 2013

My brother, missed everyday. Our lives were never the same without you. Mom and Dad never got over losing you.
I never knew this site existed - it's nice to know their are others who still think of you. Your great smile, your enthusiam for life, and your being the big brother to me and Jack. The hole in our lives created by your loss has never been filled.

Mary Ellen

September 10, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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

May 16, 2012

Bill, you were the best brother-in-law ever - the brother that I never had. When you died, so many of our lives changed forever. We never forgot you and never will! Rest in peace Bill.


November 13, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been a long time since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Sgt. Kelleher.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 15, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice, you are not forgotten


March 14, 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

January 24, 2008

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

May 15, 2007

I had the honor of leaving your first reflection.Today I have the honor of remembering you again.Rest safe with The Lord.G-d Bless.

May 15, 2007

Rest in peace motorman, you are not forgotten.

Offc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

June 13, 2006

God bless you and your family, Sgt. Kelleher. You are not forgotten.

P/O #5434
Philadelphia PD

May 15, 2006

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