Sergeant Kieffer C. Burris

Photo of Sergeant Kieffer C. Burris
End of Watch: Fri, Jul 15th, 1960
Date of Incident: Fri, Jul 15th, 1960
Cause of Death: Drowning (Accidental)
Service Time: 10 years
Age: 46


He was survived by his wife and daughter.


Sergeant Burris and Patrolman Herbert Bybee drowned while practicing scuba diving at Lake Lotawana for an underwater recovery unit that the department was forming. At approximately 1600 on that afternoon, the two were spotted by a resident of the lake area and everything seemed alright. However, at approximately 1730, one of the residents noticed Sergeant Burris floating face down in the water, and Patrolman Bybee's body was recovered a short time later. Patrolman Bybee's tank was empty but Sergeant Burris's still had air pressure, so the exact cause of this incident was not known.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Kansas City Police Department Patch
1125 Locust Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
(816) 234-5180


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