Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
Date of Death: August 4, 1986
Years of Service: Seven
Marital Status: Married
Location of Death: 11th Street Bridge, SE
Officer Welsh and his partner, Officer O'Dell, answered a radio call for the rescue of a "jumper." The officers arrived on the scene and jumped into the river to rescue the female who had jumped from the bridge. Suddenly, Officer Welsh indicated that he needed help, but went under and drowned before he could be assisted. Officer Welsh's body was recovered four hours later.
The female jumper was a mental patient from St. Elizabeth's Hospital.