Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper James A. Kelly, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 8, 1980

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Reflections for Trooper James A. Kelly, Jr.

Rest in peace thank you for your service

None Nick Mottola

August 8, 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 8, 2020

Trooper James A. Kelly Jr. will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven, and may God bless his family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

March 25, 2018

This, unfortunately, happened right in front of my house and the fire department. I was only 10 , but I remember it like yesterday. All the officers that served as mentors to me from the NYSP and NYSPP, are the reason I do what I do today.

P/O J. M. Beach Joe Beach
Veteran's Affairs Police

May 16, 2017

I recently found the clipping from The Times Herald Record dated August 12, 1980. Even though that was 36 years ago it brought back some emotions that have been repeated too many times since. I was just a few years older at the time and this was the 7th funeral I had attended for a fellow Trooper. I hope the family has recovered from such a terrible loss as much as possible.

Tpr. J.N. Roberts
NYSP - Troop C - Norwich - Retired 1994

November 27, 2016

Trooper James A. KELLY Jr. ... the passage of time will never diminish our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice for us.
God Bless You and your Families, Red and Blue

grateful citizen

August 8, 2015

Miss you Jimmy.

Corrections Officer Keenan Kelly
Delaware County Sheriff's Office

July 29, 2015

Jimmy, we all miss you. I wish we had more time together, but I'll always remember the fun times we had when the family got together. Love you Jimmy

Corrections Officer Keenan Kelly
Delaware County Sheriff's Office

July 29, 2015

I was the last member of the great team of dedicated medical personnel who tried, unsuccessfully to keep you with us. I am not ashamed of the fact that tears were streaming down my face as the chief surgeon physically stopped me from continuing CPR. It was after the fourth or fifth time I had begged him to let me continue for just five more minutes. I was an Army physician assistant on temporary duty at West Point from the 82nd Airborne. If you had lived I like to think that we would have been great friends.

I honor your memory every year even if it is only a quiet prayer for your soul in some secluded spot wherever I happen to be.

Former CWO3 James W. Gilliam, USA, MC
Police Surgeon New York State Troopers PBA Police Surgeons Group

January 3, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 8, 2010

I was a little kid when this happened while living in Ulster County. I remember sitting where I was and folks talking of someone passing that, to me, was greater than Elvis. Look out for me trooper. Where ever that road less travelled takes me.

Kevin Kelly

March 15, 2010

I said a little prayer today for Trooper Kelly and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

August 7, 2009



July 19, 2009

Your EOW was a long time ago, but you continue to influence people by your
actions, especially your son. Had sad you aren't here to share experiences with
him, but I know you are close to him in memory. May God continue to look after
your family and shine His love and grace upon them.
Thanks for your career which ended abruptly and too soon.
You were honored on the website today. God bless and preserve your memory.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


October 20, 2008

Your son is now a New York State Trooper, and has been for over 10 years. He has made you proud, Jimmy.


August 4, 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 20, 2007

God bless you brother as you serve under the command of our Patron Saint, Saint Michael. You are in my prayers.

Lieutenant James F. Kelly Jr. (Retired)
New Hampshire State Police

Lt. James F. Kelly Jr.
NHSP Retired

December 3, 2006

After 26 years, there isn't a day that goes by when your not missed and remembered by everyone in your family. Your legacy and spirit lives on with all of us. You will never be forgotten.

August 21, 2006

you will never be forgotten in the law enforcement family.god bless and r.i.p.

fairfield county s-o lancaster,ohio

May 30, 2006

As a new trooper I was assigned to your station, SP Newburgh. It was a honor to patrol the same streets you did. Rest in Peace.

Trooper Thomson

November 8, 2005

25 years and not forgotten.


August 10, 2005

Rest in Peace

Explorer Aaron McLearen
Clare County Sheriff Department Michigan

July 25, 2005

I still remember the fun we had driving home. Rest well, brother, you have more than earned it.

Port Director

March 30, 2005

I think of you and your family often. I was ten, but remember this tragic incident vividly. I stood outside my house on Rte 9W praying for you and your partner and also my brother who was a police officer on the scene. Thirteen years later I became a police officer, thinking of you each time I patrolled 9W. I have moved on as a law enforcement instructor in the state of Georgia but still pray for your family and your son whom I know is now a Trooper himself. God speed.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

September 21, 2004

Yet another human life taken from someone who is irresponsible with their drinking or perhaps abuse thereof. These people ruin families and end dreams. Those of us affected remain strong and intoxicated on faith. rest easy.


December 10, 2003

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