Family, friends say goodbye to Albuquerque police officer who died on duty

Memorial for APD Officer John Kelly
Memorial for APD Officer John Kelly

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There was a large showing for the funeral of an Albuquerque Police Officer who died suddenly on the job.

“Today we celebrate his life,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “He was a true hero and he will be greatly missed.”

Officer John Phillip Kelly collapsed during a training exercise last week. Thursday, he was honored and remembered at his memorial in downtown Albuquerque.

“He served his country, he served his city, and he loved his family,” said Berry.

The officer had a heart attack and died during a training session near the University of New Mexico last Thursday. Police said he was teaching officers how to deal with the mentally unstable.

Officers tried performing CPR on him. He was rushed to UNM Hospital where he died.

Kelly worked in the Field Services Bureau and as a detective for the Southwest Impact Team. The officer was an army veteran, a husband and father to six children.

Kelly was with the police department for nine-years. During the nearly decade of service, he had an impact on many.

Kelly’s exact cause of death has not been released yet.

A motorcade will travel from downtown Albuquerque to the Veteran’s Cemetery in Santa Fe.

Flags are flying at half-staff around New Mexico in honor of Officer Kelly.

Officer John Kelly’s final dispatch: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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