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Sergeant Frank A. McAteer | La Plata County Sheriff's Office, Colorado La Plata County Sheriff's Office, Colorado


Frank A. McAteer

La Plata County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch: Sunday, July 5, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 509

Cause: Heart attack

Incident Date: 7/4/1981

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Sergeant Frank McAteer suffered a fatal heart attack following a long struggle with a suspect. He and another local officer were attempting to arrest the man for disorderly conduct. During the arrest the man began to struggle and it took five to ten minutes to subdue him. On the way to the jail Sergeant McAteer began complaining of chest and leg pains but attributed it to the long struggle.

While booking the prisoner in at the jail Sergeant McAteer suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed. He died the next day.

Sergeant McAteer had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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May you rest in peace Sergeant McAteer. You are not forgotten. Thank you for being that warrior.

Chief Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department
June 5, 2016


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