Memorial to Edmund P. Keleher

End of Watch: January 10, 1922
Rank: Officer  Badge No. 372
Age: 62  Years of Service: 30
Location of Death: 7th Street and Virginia Avenue, SW
Duty Assignment: Fourth Precinct

 

Circumstance:

After finishing his tour of duty at Pennsylvania Avenue Depot on the evening of January 10, 1922, Officer Keleher was struck by an auto as he tried to board a streetcar at 7th Street and Virginia Avenue, SW.

The driver stopped and assisted the officer to the hospital. Officer Keleher died prior to his arrival.

Biography

Officer Keleher had been with the Metropolitan Police Department for 30-years. He was a member of Potomac council, Knights of Columbus. He was survived by his wife, Margaret Keleher.

 

Articles from the Washington Post – transcribed by Dave Richardson, MPD/Ret.

THE DEATH OF OFFICER EDMUND P. KELEHER ON JANUARY 10, 1922.
WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JANUARY 10, 1922, PAGE 2
AUTO ENDS CAREER OF POLICE VETERAN
Edmund P. Keleher Dies on Way to Hospital, Following Accident.
MEMBER OF FORCE 30 YEARS
Was on His Way Home When Struck—Driver of Car Is Held for Investigation.

Shortly after completing a tour of duty at the Pennsylvania depot yesterday evening, Policeman Edmund P. Keleher, 62 years old, attached to the Fourth precinct station, was hurled several feet by an automobile just as he was about to board a street car at Seventh Street and Virginia Avenue, SW on the way to his home, 3630 Tenth Street, NW.

Dies on Way to Hospital
Keleher was picked up by Giles Montgomery Jones, jr., of 1213 North Capitol street, the operator of the machine, and rushed to Emergency Hospital, but was dead before the car arrived.

Jones was arrested and is held at the Fourth precinct station to await a coroner’s investigation.

Keleher had been a member of the police department about 30 years. For several years he was on duty in the Tenth precinct and patrolled the territory in that precinct known as the Petworth and Soldier’s Home beats.

Inquest Today at Morgue.
About three years ago he was transferred to the Fourth precinct and detailed to the depot.

He was a member of Potomac council, Knights of Columbus. A widow, Margaret Keleher, survives. An inquest will be held at the morgue today.

 

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PARTIAL WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JANUARY 19, 1922, PAGE 12
Mrs. Katherine M. Keleher, widow of Policeman Edmund P. Keleher, who was killed when he was struck by an automobile at Seventh Street and Virginia Avenue, SW, January 10, names his wife principal beneficiary in his estate, according to the will filed yesterday for probate. By provision of the Keleher will, a daughter, Elizabeth H. Brown, is to receive $500, and at the death of her mother, $1,500.