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Police Officer Antonio Martinez Kelsey

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, February 2, 1980

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Reflections for Police Officer Antonio Martinez Kelsey

Missing you my Childhood brother. Never Forgotten

Everette Douglas
Childhood Friend

January 10, 2024

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

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

February 2, 2021

Rest in Peace Officer Kelsey. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kelsey Family and the Prince George County Police Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

September 21, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Kelsey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 5, 2020

Tony, you were one of my closest friend. We laughed together, cried together, fussed at each other, debated together , consoled each other partied together and just plain chilled together.... I remember things as if it were yesterday. My :NOW" best friend and I met because of you and 37 years later we are still as close as ever. I remember that we had talked the night that you were taken from us about doing dinner the following weekend, so when the phone rang that same night it was a total shock. God has a plan for you and even if I didn't understand it at that time I do now... or at least I no longer question "HIS" plans. He had bigger things for you to do in Heaven. You are truly missed and I wonder what things would have been like if you were still here BUT I know I will see you again... Rest in God's arms until I get there.... Love you still

Friend (sister fron another Mother)

May 10, 2017

I'm not a police officer, he was my friend. Tony loved to roller skate and this is how we met; Toni Martin, Tony Kelsey and me. I remember that awful day when we got the news. Our hearts were broken. I think about him a lot and when I do, I pull out all of the news coverage of that awful time. We love you always.

Janet Holman-Hogg

May 9, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 14, 2016

Tony, I will never forget the horrible night I was contacted while away at college and informed of your untimely death. I still choke with tears as I reflect back on your memory. I would never have thought that now, some 35 years later, my own son is now one of the newest Prince Georges County Officers, having recently graduated from the Academy. I am as proud of him now as I was of you then. I will never ever forget you and my heart will forever be broken. But, I know you are in a better place and I will always treasure your memories. Rest in peace my friend. Rest in peace.

Diane Clayton-Koontz

March 8, 2015

February 2, 2015. My dear friend, Tony – my friend in life – my angel forever – You were exactly one day younger than me, and you were taken from us one month before our 23rd birthdays. Today marks 35 years since that horrible night, and my heart still aches as I grieve for you and those you left behind. Coincidentally, I was attending a college course regarding death and dying the semester you were killed, and a term paper I was required to write following your death centered on your murder and my reaction to it. “The Death of a Friend” began and ended with the same two sentences: “I still don’t think of him as being dead. When I think of Tony, I remember that happy-go-lucky kid I started working with in 1976.” I choose to always think of you that way, Tony. You are in my heart always and will be until we meet again.

Teresa C Chambers, #905 (Retired)
Prince George's County Police Department

February 2, 2015

I think of you often and wish that you could have had an opportunity to enjoy life. It has been almost 34 years since you were taken from us, but the pain of your loss is as strong as ever. You will never know how much you are missed.

With love,
your sister,

Angela M. Kelsey, Attorney-Advisor
U.S. Dept. of the Interior

January 27, 2014

After all these years, this still makes me sad. We had so much fun laughing together with the other cousins when we were kids. *sigh* Life doesn't make sense sometimes but I believe that it is well with your soul. You are still missed.

With love always,
Your cousin Lisa

Lisa Gilmore Speigner

January 5, 2014

33 years ago today little brother and I can still remember that smile, that enthusiasm and most importantly how much you loved being the police....Till we meet again.

Nick Valltos

February 2, 2013

We weren't good friends. More like hi and bye buds. But we grew up in the same area in SE Washington and attended Our Lady Queen of Peace church throughout our childhood.

My family move to Maryland from SE in 1971. We joined another church (Holy Family). I hadn't seen Antonio or his family for years until I walked into an A&P Grocery store in Hillcrest Heights, MD, and saw him there in uniform working security. I recognized him right away and at this time I had been thinking about applying for PG Police Dept. I reintroduced myself, chatted a little catch up, and I told him about my plans for the PGPD. He talked to me about the academy and encouraged me to take the test. He even got me info on the upcoming dates to test. He was fairly new, but he really loved the job.

I would go up to the A&P and chat with him several more times. One night I stopped by and he wasn't working security anymore... The next time I was to hear of Tony Kelsey was when I saw the reports on the news about his death. Shock.

I attended his funeral at Our Lady Queen of Peace in our old neighborhood. It was so crowded that many people couldn't get inside. I've never cried like that for someone I wasn't related to. He was a good man.

W.C.Jeffreys III

July 31, 2012

Its been over thirty years,I was in the military when I heard the news of Antonio death.We lived in the same neigborhood SE DC.I wished I could have been a friend of yours but,that was then this is now,RIP Antonio I'm sorry for all of the bad and' if I knew then' what I know now it would be so different.

CPL Sterling Tidline
US Postal inspection Service Police

February 19, 2012

May you RIP Sir, you are honored today.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

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

February 2, 2012

Remembering you on your anniversary!

Citizen NJ


February 2, 2011

30 years is a long time but it seems like only yesterday. I remember you talking to me as you left the McDonald's in Coral Hills perhaps a week before God called you home. yet, to this day, I am always proud to say I knew you. as the song says, "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant, Well Done."

Vernell Hill

June 29, 2010

My Dear Tony,

It's hard to beleive that today marks 30 years since your passing. It seems like yesterday when our entire family's life changed forever. I still miss that million dollar smile. I often wonder what you would be like, if you would be married and have a bunch of kids. Fate is often cruel and we don't understand but I do know and believe that we shall meet again.

I will love you forever.

Your Cousin,


Lorita Kelsey Childress

February 2, 2010

Tony, you were one of the most generous people in the world. Your smile could warm up a room. I, being much younger, remember a lot about you, and I know that the people that you touched with your personality, have never forgotten you. I miss you and wish you were still here, but GOD needed you more...Rest in Peace

Love you always
Kelton Ellerbe/ cousin

Lieutenant Kelton Ellerbe
DCFD/ Cousin

July 7, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 28, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 7, 2007

I remember that last telephone conversation, mere minutes before your life was cut short. We were joking around, because you said you were "giving me part-time" (calling in an off-duty work assignment). I asked, "Are you giving me the money?" You were always cheerful, even as a cadet, when you'd drop by the Communications and teletype offices. I still think of you, even all these years passing.

PG Co. PSC (formerly PGPD Comm Div)

February 8, 2007

Though we will always remember you as a true hero, today we salute you and say thanks for giving the ultimate sacrifice.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

February 2, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

November 23, 2006

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