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McKEE PHILLIP CURTIS McKEE, III May 12, 1972 - May 31, 2013 Phillip was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on May 12, 1972. Throughout his early years he lived in Corpus Christi, Kingsville, and San Antonio, Texas. He attended Keystone School and Graduated from Health Careers High School. He did his undergraduate studies at Yale University and his graduate studies at Harvard University. He also held a research fellowship at Princeton University. Before becoming a Firefighter/EMT, Phillip was a nationally recognized expert on Internet Fraud with the National Fraud Information Center. He served on a White House Panel on Aging. For ten years, he served on the BOD of the Yale Club in Washington DC. Current President of the Capitol Area Pipe Smokers Club. Phillip served as a volunteer with the National Park Service as an EMT for special events. Phillip found the time to excel as was a nationally recognized stain glass artist, who authored the book "Make It or Break It", a how to book about stained glass art. Phillip used art as a means to deal with the harshness and reality of the memories from his experience of becoming permanently disabled on the third arriving engine company from Arlington County Fire Department, Engine 103, while responding to the terroristic attack on 9-11 at the Pentagon. Phillip met the man who would later become his husband, Nopadon. Later in life, Phillip and Nopadon met a young man who would change their lives forever. He became their son. His name is Nate. Although he was disabled, Phillip and Nopadon found solace in attending Little River United Church of Christ. On occasion you may have seen Phillip wheeling around Best Buy where he worked as the supervisor for the "Geek Squad." To assist him he was provided with a service animal, "Cloe," she became his constant companion. Phillip touched many lives throughout his forty years and will be remembered for many great accomplishments, but the most outstanding was his unselfish and brave act on 9-11. He succumbed to his injuries on May 31, 2013. Family and friend will be gathering from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003 and where The Arlington County Fire Department, family and friends will honor him with a Heroic Firefighter Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on June 11, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an educational fund set up in Phillip's memory. See guestbook for details. Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home of Arlington. Please view and sign the guestbook at: www.murphyfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Washington Post on June 8, 2013