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Aug 31

Goodbye, Officer Dan McKinley

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:37 p.m. by johnb johnb

Last Thursday, August 27th, the Brea Police Department lost one of our police family members. Officer Dan McKinley, an 18 year veteran Brea Police Officer, died of natural causes in his sleep. Danny was a beloved partner, friendly, kind, hard-working, and always there to lend a hand to a citizen or one of his fellow officers. Danny was a big man, and often cut an imposing figure, but was truly a gentle giant with a big heart. He was courageous, and was someone that other officers wanted with them when their work was at its most dangerous. We will miss his friendly smile, sense of humor, and his goofy laugh. The Brea community will miss his dedicated service and commitment to protecting and helping others.

Danny is the son of Chief Pat McKinley, former Police Chief of the Fullerton Police Department. The law enforcement profession is an extended family, and even more so when officers are brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters of other police officers. Danny’s death has a significant impact on his immediate family, his Brea family, and law enforcement officers in our partner agencies. The outpouring of support has been tremendous and greatly appreciated.

Rest in Peace, Danny.



Jason Doby
September 4, 2015 at 9:06 a.m.
RIP Danny! My condolences to the McKinley Family.

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