Sergeant Kieffer C. Burris

Sergeant Kieffer C. Burris

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, July 15, 1960

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Kieffer C. Burris

Sergeant Kieffer Burris and Patrolman Herbert Bybee drowned while practicing scuba diving at Lake Lotawana for an underwater recovery unit that the department was forming.

At approximately 1600 on that afternoon, the two were spotted by a resident of the lake area and everything seemed alright. However, at approximately 1730, one of the residents noticed Sergeant Burris floating face down in the water, and Patrolman Bybee's body was recovered a short time later. Patrolman Bybee's tank was empty but Sergeant Burris's still had air pressure, so the exact cause of this incident was not known.

Sergeant Burres had been with the agency for 10 years and was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

dive training

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Sgt. Burris,
Sir, even though it has been 50 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kansas City. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 1, 2013

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