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Cop Takes Dying Woman On Her Final Walk On The Beach

For one woman, all she wanted was another walk down the beach. It was a dying wish that led to an extraordinary act of kindness from a police department going above and beyond to serve.

Patricia Kelly knew she didn’t have much time left. The 78-year-old Burlington resident was diagnosed with a terminal case of acute leukemia. And before things went from bad to worse, she made a decision. She needed to walk out along the Jersey Shore one last time.

When she told her family about her wish, one of them decided to contact the Ship Bottom Police Department. Upon calling, Guy Richard Corbin spoke with someone in the department by the name of Linda. “I explained to her that we were trying to find a way to get our terminally ill mother, mom mom and friend to the beach for her last hurrah,” Corbin recalled. Soon, Linda returned Corbin’s call, telling him that their sergeant could help them make this happen.

Kelly enjoyed day at the beach surrounded by family and friends.

That is how Kelly’s family got to meet Ship Bottom police officer Ronald Holloway. “He is a man who not only protects and serves but genuinely cares,” Corbin said. One Saturday, Holloway got Kelly in his police vehicle. He then proceeded to drive them towards Jersey Shore.

According to a report from, Officer Holloway drove Kelly near the water’s edge. There, she enjoyed some time with her granddaughters as she happily looked out at the water. They were also joined by Kelly’s other family and friends. While there, they held a prayer circle which Holloway participated in. Kelly and her supporters also shared a group hug.

Following the beach trip, Corbin could not help but commend Holloway and the rest of his department for accommodating their request. “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Ship Botton Police Department!!! Chief Sharkey Ronald Holloway is a true assets to the men of blue,” Corbin remarked.

On March 18, Kelly passed away, according to an obituary from the Burlington County Times. It had been just a few days since her final walk on the beach.

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