Special Agent Todd Wayne McKeehan

Special Agent Todd Wayne McKeehan

United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, February 28, 1993

Todd Wayne McKeehan

Special Agent Todd McKeehan was one of four federal agents killed when they raided the compound of a religious cult for weapons violations.

Special Agent McKeehan was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the ATF for four years.

A bridge on U.S. 19E, between Elizabethton and Johnson City, Tennessee, Agent McKeehan's home state, was dedicated in his honor.

Four agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms were shot and killed in a raid on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas. The Branch Davidians were a religious cult that idolized their leader, David Koresh. A two-month standoff followed the initial raid and ended when the Branch Davidians conducted a mass murder-suicide, by gunfire and fire, which resulted in the deaths of over 80 of its members.

The raid was the catalyst for the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1995 - exactly two years after the mass suicide. The terrorist bombing claimed the lives of 168 people, including eight federal law enforcement agents.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1255
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I still ask the students every year if they have heard of you. I take them on a tour of our school sometimes, and stop at your picture in the commons. There your vigilant stare watches over the students as they eat lunch and gather before school. Many say they have never noticed you quietly on the wall. So, when we stop at your picture, I make sure to tell them about you, Waco, Ruby Ridge, the OKC bombing, etc. It helps them make a personal connection with the larger scope of American history. Sometimes we have your mother come in and speak with the class. She brings pictures, clothes, medals, etc.; but the most important things she brings with her is her memories and her stories. I even had your niece and nephew in class. I asked them if it would bother them when I taught about Waco. They both felt that the story, your story, were worth remembering.

As a history teacher I feel that no one is ever truly dead unless their story is forgotten. All of our stories one day will be on a shelf waiting for the next generation to take them down and read them. For a while, when we read, the people in those stories get to live again for a little while. I feel the worst thing would be for someone's story to get put on some high shelf and collect dust banished to the recesses of history. It would be as if that persons had nothing for the next generation; their life was not significant. I am here to make sure that your story is told, your life is remembered, and the lessons from it will be passed on. I am here to make sure just for a couple of days each semester, you get to live again, just for a while.

Alex Campbell
History Teacher at Elizabethton High School (Todd's Alma Mater)

February 6, 2018

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