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Guard John Lawrence Kelly

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, February 9, 1931

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Reflections for Guard John Lawrence Kelly

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81rst 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.

Time never diminishes respect and 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

February 9, 2012

Pat, your comments bothered me, so I did some research and provide the following from the Times-Picuyne February 10, 1931. No Officer should be forgotten, nor the circumstances of their death.

John Lawrence Kelly

United States Customs Guard, fell into the river from the revenue cutter Davey near the Chalmette slip Monday, his body has not been recovered Monday night.

John Lawrence Kelly, 31 years old, 325 Caffin Avenue. United States Customs guard for more than seven years, accidentally fell from the revenue cutter Davey, just off Chalmette Slip Monday and drowned in the river before he could grasp life lines thrown to him. His body had not been recovered early Monday night.

Kelly was on the after deck of the Davey, following the completion of the crew’s duties in connection with the search of a Japanese vessel in Chalmatte Slip. The cutter backed out into the river and turned upstream when Kelly started forward. Witnesses said he lost his balance and plunged head first into the water.

The Davey was halted immediately after the accident and lifebuoys thrown to him and a boot lowered. He made several frantic grasps at the lines and after struggling a few seconds sunk beneath the surface and did not reappear.

The accident occurred an hour and 30 minutes after Kelly went aboard the cutter for duty at Esplanade Avenue at 8 a.m. He was known to have been a powerful swimmer. According to Customs attaches. Kelly was one of the best employees of the revenue department’s ship searching service of this district.

Prior to his entering the Customs service Mr. Kelly was connected with the New Orleans fire department for nearly 11 years. He was a native of the city.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs Augusta Dauterine Kelly, two infant sons, John Lawrence, Jr., and William George Kelly, and one brother James Kelly.

ANGELA FISHER
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

April 16, 2009

John,
On today, the 77th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Service.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

February 9, 2008

HOW SAD THAT A US TREASURY-CUSTOMS AGE WAS KILLED IN THIS COUNTRY AND NOTHING IS KNOWN ABOUT IT. IF IT DUE TO SOME MISSION HE WAS ON THEN FINE. THIS BEING THE WAY IT IS LOOKS LIKE OUR GOVERNMENT COULD CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO GUARD KELLY.

YOU SIR ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE. YOU HAVE NOT AND WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 7, 2008

No man goes unnoticed before G-d.Thank you for your service.

February 9, 2006

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