Hero Down: St. Lucie Sheriff's Deputy David McKeever Dies After Brief Illness
St. Lucie County, FL – St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO) Deputy David McKeever died on Sunday following a brief illness.
The 50-year-old deputy’s death was not related to the novel coronavirus, the sheriff’s office noted, according to WPEC.
Deputy McKeever served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 until 1991, according to his obituary.
The combat veteran served in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War Operation Desert Storm.
In addition to his regular duties as at the SLCSO, Deputy McKeever also excelled in training the department’s K9s.
“It was the ultimate honor for him to serve his community in this capacity,” his obituary read. “David, along with his beloved K9 Hektor, bravely undertook the most dangerous operations and brought peace and justice to the community.”
“His fellow deputies always knew that David had their back,” the tribute continued. “He was a mentor to many and there are numerous stories of his courageous and fearless acts of duty.”
Deputy McKeever’s contagious smile and “prankster ways” were complimented by his compassion and fun-loving spirit, his family noted.
“He was the protector of his family and deeply loved them all,” according to his obituary.
Deputy McKeever leaves behind his wife of 16 years, Mary, as well as his parents, sisters, stepdaughters, grandson, nieces, nephews, and one great-nephew.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David McKeever, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.