The Life and Legacy of Officer David Kellywood
Who Was Officer Kellywood?
David Wesley Kellywood was a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. He ended his watch as a police officer for the WMAT Police Department on February 17, 2020. He was the youngest and newest officer with 9 months of work. He graduated from Blue Ridge High School in 2012. He was very athletic and played a variety of sports, but basketball was his favorite. David was also an outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. He began his law enforcement career in 2016 right after his wife graduated from Arizona State University. He always wanted to enter the law enforcement field and serve the people. His ultimate goal was to become a police officer on his own reservation and serve his own. He began his career with the Arizona Department of Corrections as a correctional officer in Florence, AZ. Then, in 2017, he and his family decided to move back home, to be closer to family. He began working with Navajo County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer. It was then, he showed interest in beginning the process to become police officer for WMAT. He attended the Northern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy January 2019. He finished a few months later in May. While he was in the academy, his wife,Kamellia, was also completing graduate school while raising their two sons Gabriel and David Jr..
He was an amazing husband and father. He knew the importance of his wife’s education. He supported her throughout her undergraduate at ASU and graduate program with Grand Canyon University. Together, they attended many events on campus with their sons. He also knew the importance of giving back to the community. He wanted to create a safe place where his sons can grow. He wanted to set a high example for his sons and other young children. He did so with his ultimate sacrifice when he answered that call on February 17. He was a protector of the people and his family.
What is the Kellywood Scholarship?
The ASU Kellywood Scholarship honors fallen Officer Kellywood's life and continues his legacy by offering scholarships for Native American students who give back to their communities, just as Officer Kellywood did.
Your Donation Provides Aid to A New Generation of Native American Students
By donating to the ASU Kellywood Scholarship you will be providing the opportunity for Native American students dedicated to helping their communities through learned leadership skills at the college level.