William Berry, Director of the City University Department of Public Safety, sadly reports the death of Deputy Chief John McKee.

Deputy Chief McKee, 49, died as a result of a brain cancer that he contracted while assisting with the search and rescue efforts of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

Following the attacks and destruction of the WTC buildings, Deputy Chief McKee spent months at ground zero coordinating his agency’s personnel in the search and rescue efforts.

After his assignment at ground zero, he became ill and sought medical attention. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in November of 2012. The WTC Medical Board determined that the cancer he had developed was a result of his exposure to, and the inhalation of toxins, that were present in the air and on the debris at ground zero.

Deputy Chief McKee was an eighteen year veteran of the City University Department of Public Safety. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; four children, two step children, father, brother and sister.

Deputy Chief John McKee-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Saturday, September 12, 2015

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Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow