Patrolman David A. McKee, Sr.

Patrolman David A. McKee, Sr.

Fort Atkinson Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1968

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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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In Honor And Respect Of A True Hero, Patrolman David McKee, Sr. Sir, You Are Honored And Remembered Today For Your Heroism And Bravery On April 9, 1968... Thank You For Your Dedicated Years Of Service To Your Community, Sir. To The Family Of Patrolman McKee, May Peace And Blessings Always Be With You... To His Sons, So Heartbreaking To Suffer The Loss Of A Parent At Any Age, But To Have Your DAD Taken Away When You Were So Young Is Even Harder... May Your Memories Of Your DAD Bring You Strength In Knowing He Was A Man Of Courage, Bravery And Greatness, "A True Hero"... May You Rest In Eternal Peace, Patrolman David McKee, Sr.

Gail Mercado

April 9, 2021

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