Patrolman David A. McKee, Sr.

Patrolman David A. McKee, Sr.

Fort Atkinson Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1968

David A. McKee, Sr.

Patrolman David McKee drowned while attempting to rescue a teenage boy who had fallen into the Rock River from the North Western Railroad trestle in downtown Fort Atkinson.

When Patrolman McKee arrived at the scene he stripped off his gunbelt, coat, and shoes as he ran to the river before jumping into the river and swimming out to the boy. He became exhausted while struggling with the panicking boy in the frigid water and they both went under the surface.

The boy's body was recovered thirty minutes later and Patrolman McKee's body was found about two hours later.

Patrolman McKee had served with the Fort Atkinson Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, six sons, mother, brother, and three sisters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 3

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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My condolences go out to the McKee family and the loss of a great man. I was only 6 at the time from what I have found out my father and his brother both attempted to save the lives of officer Mc Kee and the young boy by entering the water also. I would like to send a shout out to whoever pulled my father Frank and his brother Jerry out of the water. I think you saved their lives. Thank You...... Kenn Burghaus
This is so saddening and gives me another reason to be proud of my father for at least trying

Kenn Burghaus
concerned citizen

April 29, 2014

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