Name : Kelly, John 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 4320 Command: P.B.S.I.
Date of Death: 2000-07-17   Cause of Death: Auto Accident
     
 Police Officer John Kelly, a 31year old eight year veteran and father of two, lost his life when the car he was driving struck a utility pole while he was chasing a fugitive on a motorcycle. He was the second NYPD Officer killed in an RMP accident that year. Guido Tritto, a 43 year old career criminal, was apprehended and charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal possession of stolen property and driving with a suspended license.

John Kelly was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during the Annual Medal Day ceremony on December 4, 2001. The New York City Police Department Medal of Honor is the highest award that may be bestowed upon a member of the service.
  
 
     
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Comments from Friends    
     
JOHN WAS A GOOD FRIEND ,FATHER.POLICE OFFICER. YOU ARE STILL IN OUR THOUGHTS
— WOLFE FAMILY

It was a pleasure working with you, Not a day goes by that I don't think about you buddy....
— Joe Maginnis

I think of you all the time John. The card games I have just aren't the same without you being there...You were always "ACES" to me.
— Rick Mayronne

I worked with John in the Staten Island Task Force.....he was a great man.....a loving father and husband....and a terrible loss to this world. RIP John
— Allison Roberts

My partner and my brother..... I miss you!! As I am retired now, I think back on all the great memories and times we shared. Hope your new partner in heaven can stay awake. ;-)
— Benny Ayala

I will never forget my first night on patrol as a Rookie Sergeant. The senior sergeant that I was working with gave me the choice of working patrol or working the desk. I chose patrol, and only asked that he reccomend a good guy to drive me and get me familiar with the area. He reccomended John, and called him over. When the other sergeant mentioned to John that he would be working with the "New Sergeant" for the tour, he responded with a smile (and a wink), "No sweat, I'll show him the ropes". The night was rather typical, and while responding to a robbery in progress, we were able to apprehend the perp, fleeing the scene, with the stolen property in his possession. The only way we were able to catch him was due to John's excelent driving, and knowledge of the area. John took the collar, and we were awarded an Excellent Police Duty award for the arrest. Every rookie sergeant should have the fortunate experience to work with a guy like John on his first night as Patrol Supervisor. P.O. John Kelly was truly a "cops cop". He is missed greatly by all who knew him. God Bless You John, Your Friend Chris
— Christopher J. Porcu

I WAS JOHN'S WIFE, AS SOME OF YOU KNOW. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE LOVELY THINGS YOU ALL HAVE SAID ABOUT MY HUSBAND. HE IS TRULY MISSED BY ME AND HIS TWO SONS. THANKS AGAIN. LOVE TRICIA
— TRICIA KELLY

I had the pleasure of being one of John's many friends for quite a few years. He loved a good joke and loved playing jokes on others. I smile whenever I think of him. I remember how happy he was when he married Trish and then the joy when they were expecting their boys. We used to trade formula stories and the joy of being parents stories. He was so proud of being a dad. I miss going into what we used to call the "crack den"..where we used to grab a smoke together and talk. I've met a lot of people on this job but few whom I consider "friends". I miss my "friend" very much. P.S. your boys are beautiful John!!
— Jackie Drew

I KNEW JOHN THROUGH MY BROTHER, AS HE WAS IN MY BROTHER'S WEDDING PARTY AND SOCIALIZED WITH HIM A BIT. IN SHORT HE WAS A TRUE GENTLEMEN AND I WAS PRIVELEGED TO HAVE KNOWN SUCH A TRUE GENTLEMEN.
— S. LALLY

Trish was my partner on that terrible day. Whenever we saw John while we were out on patrol he would kiss me before he would kiss his wife. He called me his spanish lover. I miss his jokes and smile. I look at your pic everyday on my fridge. RIP
— yvette

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 27, 2006, 9:39 am

I worked with John in ALU. I will always remember his gleaming, smiling face while talking about his family, especially the boys. We would compare stories about our boys. He was a true gentlemen, performing random acts of kindness without any expectation of reward. God has rewarded you in Heaven, John. Though, I wish it had been later in your life. RIP John. Ava
— Ava Marie Heath
Posted: January 11, 2008, 8:11 am

JHON I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU AND MISS THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD YOUR BOYS ARE DOING GREAT I SEE THEM AT THE BALL FIELD THEY ARE YOU ALL THE WAY MISS YOU BUD
— MIKE WOLFE
Posted: June 16, 2008, 11:41 am

R.I.P
— R.C
Posted: July 17, 2010, 1:07 pm

I cannot believe we are approaching your 11th year in heaven...where does the time go? Your on my mind today, 7/12/11 because one of the guys here in TF has TVB coming up and one of the defendants has the last name of Trotta. My stomach turned in knots because the name is so very close to that SOB you were chasing that July 17th, 11 years ago. Just wanted to vent....ps, your boys are so handsome...you done good ! :)
— Jackie Drew
Posted: July 12, 2011, 1:23 pm

Miss ya john . My thoughts go out to Tricia and all of John's Family . SI Warrants
— Rey Garcia
Posted: July 17, 2012, 2:13 pm

Happy Early St. Pats Brother!!! You are Missed..
— Shaun Lally
Posted: March 8, 2013, 1:00 am

PO Kelly , you gave your life while attempting to apprehend a man who should have been in jail already. Even though you have passed you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace John.
— Tommy
Posted: July 17, 2013, 5:29 am

Miss you buddy, hope gram and grandpa are keeping you busy up there, Rest in Paradise uncle john
— Nicole Kelly
Posted: October 7, 2013, 3:32 pm

John we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: July 17, 2014, 10:09 am

John we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: July 14, 2015, 7:04 am

John, you are greatly missed. I will always remember the laughter we all shared on the Midnights at Task Force. Hard to imagine that 15 years have passed as it all seems like yesterday to me. Met with your lovely children and Trish at the memorial mass. Your boys are a wonderful legacy and I know you are watching over them. I wish you peace.
— Ed
Posted: July 17, 2015, 7:07 pm

Thank you everyone for all the kind words about my father . As time goes on it gets harder and harder, comming here and reading the nice things about my dad really help me. Love and miss you pops .
— Sean kelly
Posted: April 16, 2017, 3:50 pm

 


 

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