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Deputy Sheriff Robert Fern McKinley | Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

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Robert Fern McKinley

Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch: Thursday, March 13, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 8 years

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Military veteran

Cause: Automobile crash

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Deputy Sheriff Fern McKinley was killed in an automobile crash on Highway 59, south of Avoca, while responding to an other accident at approximately 8:40 pm.

It is believed that another car crowded his vehicle onto the soft shoulder of the roadway. He was partially ejected from the vehicle when it went down a 30-foot embankment and landed in Jim Creek. Nearby farmers who heard the crash responded to the scene and located his body.

Deputy McKinley was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and mother.

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Deputy Sheriff McKinley,
On today, the 69th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army during WW I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
March 13, 2016


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