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Maurice H. McCue, longtime police chief in St. Ann, died Sunday (April 20, 2008) of respiratory failure at Mount Carmel Senior Living Center. He was 91 and lived in St. Ann.

Mr. McCue joined the St. Ann police in 1957 as chief, and the 12-man force had nearly tripled by the time he retired in 1983.

Mr. McCue was known for giving youthful offenders a break, and for helping to find them a job.

"All you can do is try to push them down the right track," Mr. McCue said in a 1962 interview with the Post-Dispatch. "If they fall off, you keep trying."

In 1982, Mr. McCue earned a patent for his invention of an electrically operated shotgun rack for squad cars. At his retirement a year later, the St. Ann Police Department annex was dedicated in his honor.

He served in the Navy from 1936 to 1940 and as an Army paratrooper in World War II.  He earned a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in the Battle of the Bulge.

He served as president of the Missouri Peace Officers Association and was on its executive board for more than two decades.

A funeral Mass will celebrated at 9 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Parish, 3500 St. Luke Lane, St. Ann. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
His wife, Mary, died in 2001.

Among survivors are two daughters, Dianne D. Townsend of Van Buren, Mo., and Phyllis M. Jones of St. Charles; a sister, Marie Bumberry of Tampa. Fla.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Heartland Hospice or the BackStoppers.

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO, 24 Apr 2008, Page B9 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

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