Chester Police Officer Dies in Non-Combat Incident While Deployed with SEAL Team 6

Chester police officer Daniel McCracken, 45, died in a non-combat incident while deployed with Navy's SEAL Team 6 in the U.S. Central Command area. McCracken, a decorated veteran and former firefighter, served 18 years in the Navy and 7 years as a police officer.

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Chester Police Officer Dies in Non-Combat Incident While Deployed with SEAL Team 6

Chester Police Officer Dies in Non-Combat Incident While Deployed with SEAL Team 6

Daniel McCracken, a 45-year-old Chester police officer, died on May 6, 2024, in a non-combat related incident while deployed with the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The cause of McCracken's death is currently under investigation.

Why this matters: The loss of Officer McCracken highlights the risks and sacrifices made by military personnel and law enforcement officers serving in elite units, and underscores the importance of supporting their families and communities. It also serves as a reminder of the ongoing operations and deployments of special forces units like SEAL Team 6, which play a critical role innational security and global affairs.

McCracken, who held the rank of Chief Petty Officer, served with the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON 8) and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), also known as SEAL Team 6. He had been a Chester police officer since June 2017, assigned to the patrol division and most recently to C Platoon.

Before his law enforcement career, McCracken dedicated 18 years as a firefighter and EMT at Newtown Square Fire Company. He was also an Eagle Scout. During his military service, McCracken received numerous commendations, including the Flag Letter of Commendation (five times), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (twice), Navy Reserve Good Conduct Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Volunteer Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Presidential Unit Citation, and various other personal and unit decorations.

Former Newtown Square Fire Chief Doug Everloff remembered McCracken as "an all-around good person with a positive attitude, good personality, and was dedicated to the fire company." On McCracken's obituary memory wall, Kelly Ward recalled him as a "Hard-charging sailor who cared for us all. We will not forget."

Details of McCracken's funeral services are to be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations are being directed to the Tunnels To Towers Foundation in his memory. The loss of Officer Daniel McCracken is deeply felt by his family, friends, and the communities he served in law enforcement, the fire service, and the U.S. Navy.

Key Takeaways

  • Daniel McCracken, 45, a Chester police officer, died in a non-combat incident while deployed with Navy's SEAL Team 6.
  • McCracken was a Chief Petty Officer with 18 years of firefighting experience and 7 years of police service.
  • He received numerous commendations for his military service, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
  • McCracken was remembered as a dedicated and positive individual by his former fire chief and colleagues.
  • Funeral services are pending, and donations are being directed to the Tunnels To Towers Foundation in his memory.