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Patrol Officer Vaughn Edward Kee

Mount Pleasant Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, December 13, 1985

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Vaughn Edward Kee

This week we were able to receive the LEU riders at the Memorial in waterfront park and honor you. Know that your name will never be forgotten in this Agency

Capt Pat Carter
Mount Pleasant Police Department

May 9, 2023

When I graduated the Knoxville Police Department Academy in 1986 I thought about how many times we talked about this day, I wish we would have been there standing together. Till Valhalla my brother.

Jack Lakin
Knoxville Police Department

December 13, 2021

The first fatality I investigated as a Detective in Mount Pleasant. He was a fine Officer that had recently gotten engaged.
The person who hit him was a local restaurant manager who had too much to drink. He received a10 year sentence. Officer Kee’s sentence was for life.

Retired police Commander
City of Georgetown Police

December 14, 2020

Mount Pleasant SC PD remembers officer killed on duty 35 years ago

Posted: December 13th, 2030

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – The Mount Pleasant Police Department took the time to remember of their own who was killed while on duty 35 years ago.

On December 13, 1985, Patrol Officer Vaughn Edward Kee stopped a drunk driver while on patrol.

While he was outside of his police cruiser, a second drunk driver approached from the rear and struck him with their car.

He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

He was 25 years old.

Officer Kee is survived by his parents and brother.

Retired Police Officet

December 13, 2020

RIP to my Academy classmate, friend, and Brother.

David Lutfy Lt. (Ret.)

December 13, 2019

It's been a long time my friend. I never got to thank you for coming back to Knoxville and seeing me in the hospital after crashing my police bike. When we were kids, our time as K.P.D Explorers were a blast. We've never forgot you, or your service to the citizens of Knoxville Tn. , Mt. Pleasant S.C. , and the State of South Carolina. Know this Ed , your life and service made a difference and I'm proud to say you are a friend.

Bryan J. Bates PO4 Retired
Knoxville Police Department

November 26, 2014

Uncle Ed, I know you were a great man. The best kind in fact. I never got to meet you but you will always have a place in my heart. My dad talks about you all the time, how you are the reason he got into law enforcement and I thank you for that. It has become the family business as now my brother and I (two of your nephews) are in law enforcement as well keeping your legacy alive!! We all miss you even though some of us never got to meet you, but there isn't a day that goes by that you are not thought about. We love you and we hope you continue to watch over us all. I look forward to the day that God introduces me to you and together we can watch over our brothers in blue together!!

Officer Stewart Kee
Knox County School Division

May 23, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 14, 2011

I was a rookie working the morning you died. My fellow 3rd shift officers and I were just leaving shift change and headed to MUSC to give blood when we were told in the N. Chas. PD parking lot you died.

I am so sorry I was unable to help. I still think about that day.

robin flores former No. Chas. Officer
Currently attorney at law - Chattanooga Tennessee

September 10, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 7, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 16, 2007

Officer Kee thank you for your years of service to your fellowman. May God continue to bless you. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

December 13, 2006

Ed, you were a great police officer. You had as much heart in the job as any of your peers. I remember when we served at the Knoxville Police Department together and I had nothing but respect for you. I am comforted that your watching over all LEO's and protecting them from above. I'll never forget you and look forward to seeing you again some day.

S/A Jeff Thornburg

December 9, 2006

Thank you. We remember you for ever and always.

June 9, 2005



December 13, 2003

I was very moved the other day while on patrol. A 10 year old hild was talking with me and wanted to know about Ofc Kee, the one killed in the line of duty. He had researched you enough to know the circumstance of your death. I was moved to say the least that after the amount of time that has passed the community still thinks about you and the sacrifice you made. You are still remembered 18 years after your passing by not only fellow officers but also by the community you swore to protect.


September 3, 2003

No one has forgotten, we know you watch over us everyday. Walk proudly.


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