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Officer drives woman to beach to fulfill dying wish

Patricia Kelly wanted to see the shore one last time

By PoliceOne Staff

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — Patricia Kelly wanted to see the shore where she spent most summers one last time before she died. 

Kelly, 78, is currently in hospice care with a terminal diagnosis of acute leukemia. Her family told WPVI they knew she couldn’t walk down the beach by herself, so they contacted the Ship Bottom Police Department.

Officer Ron Holloway drove Kelly and her family down to the water so they could experience the shore together. Holloway said it was a “checkmark in my career.”

Kelly’s daughter-in-law, Stephanie Corbin, said Holloway “went beyond protecting and serving because of his heart.”

Kelly said she was overjoyed she could see the place that brought her peace again.

"Oh they could have taken me right then, and I would have been the happiest person,” Kelly told WPVI. “That I could be there one last time in the ocean and the sand, and that was my hurrah.”

After her death, Kelly said she’d like to have her ashes spread on the beach.


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