Deputy Chief John P. McKee

Deputy Chief John P. McKee

City University of New York Department of Public Safety, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 12, 2015

John P. McKee

Deputy Chief John McKee died as the result of cancer he developed following his assignment to assist with search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Following the attacks, Chief McKee spent over one month at the ground zero site coordinating the allocation of his agency's resources and personnel for the search and rescue operations. He later fell ill as a result of his exposure to the toxic materials in the area at the site.

Chief McKee had served with the City University of New York Department of Public Safety for 18 years and he was second in command of the agency. He is survived by his wife, four children, two stepsons, granddaughter, father, brother, and sister.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.

Please click here to visit the memorials of all of the law enforcement officers killed in this terrorist attack.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause 9/11 related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender 19 suicide attackers

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Your 3rd year EOW is quickly creeping up. I still cant believe you are gone. I still wait for your calls, the flowers for no reason deliveries, I miss your smile, your corny jokes, your singing to me , your surprise chicken cutlet parm dinners (which I recently found out from a friend were brought at the local pizza shop), the late nite walks, the talks until dawn, the silly pranks, I still wait for you to come home. Isabella will be 9 this month. She still tends to her/your memorial garden. I have caught her crying at times on the bench. You will forever be her Poppa John. She tells little Kyle about you. If anyone asks Kyle he knows who you are. Hes turning 3 this month as well. He was just three months old when you rocked him to sleep in your arms. Your butterfly bush grows bigger & bigger every year. The roses you planted with your mom are a deeper red. I cant explain how much I miss you still. I can say that I will love you forever & I will make sure you are NEVER FORGOTTEN. Until we meet again my love.

Mrs Sandra McKee

June 13, 2018

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