Sergeant Frank A. McAteer

Sergeant Frank A. McAteer

La Plata County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, July 5, 1981

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Frank A. McAteer

Sergeant Frank McAteer suffered a fatal heart attack following a long struggle with a suspect.

He and another local officer attempted 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 the jail, Sergeant McAteer suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed. He died the next day.

Sergeant McAteer had served with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 509

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 4, 1981

arrest, struggle

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Sgt. McAteer,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of La Plata. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 5, 2021

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