Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman William E. Kelly

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, January 31, 1928

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Reflections for Patrolman William E. Kelly

How brave a man to try to save others and gave his own life. He left behind a beautiful wife and his Family is my family. His sister was my Grandmother. She didn’t talk about it too much, but her daughter, my mother did. She spoke highly of her hero uncle Edward. I hope you have rested in peace my granduncle. Thank God for officers who serve us.

Sean Kilkenny
Grand Uncle

May 7, 2024

Researching a William E Kelley a Brooklyn Clerk who signed Naturalization papers on 12/1/1921 for my husbands grandfather I came across this tragic heartbreaking event of a man with the same name.
My tears join others at the senseless loss of this law enforcer.
May his memory be eternal.

Stavroula Raia

December 1, 2022

Rest in peace Patrolman Kelly.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 30, 2021

God bless you on the 92 anniversary of your death

Mark Mottola

January 31, 2020

May God bless Patrolman Kelly and his surviving family

Sgt. (Ret) Frank Whalen

January 31, 2017

I never got to meet you but I new your widow well as she was my great-aunt. Your memories live on in our family.

Deborah Capaldo

April 9, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th 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

January 31, 2012

You are remembered today for your dedication and actions which lead to your death. You are a true hero. May God continue to watch over you and your family. I am glad the persons responsible were apprehended and executed. Never to kill again.


January 31, 2011

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

Robyn Wilkes

January 19, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 22, 2008

Patrolman Kelly, It is an honor to be the first to leave a refelection in memory of your dedication and heroism to you country and community. Rest in Peace you are not forgotten.

Judgment Day for a Patrolman

.....Author Unknown

The patrolman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Patrolman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"

The patrolman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
Can't always be a Saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my work was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep,
I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the Throne
Where the Saints had often trod.
As the patrolman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, patrolman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

Sgt. E. Chaves
Broward County Sheriff's Office

December 26, 2006

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