Master Corporal Bret McAfee, 54, was a 27-year veteran of the Delaware State Police. The death of Master Corporal Bret McAfee was announced with a deep sense of regret by the Delaware State Police. Just two weeks after retiring on June 15, 2023, he passed away quietly in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by the people he loved. It was just two weeks after his retirement. “It is with deep sadness and a heavy sense that we share the devastating news of Master Corporal McAfee’s untimely passing,” said Delaware State Police Superintendent Col. Melissa A. Zebley. “It is with deep sadness and a heavy sense that we share the devastating news of Master Corporal McAfee’s untimely passing.” “He was a soldier who possessed incredible talents and he was dedicated to serving the people of Delaware with honor and honesty.
His unwavering dedication and outstanding work ethic are the things that make all of us Delaware State Police so proud to be a part of this organization. As we mourn Bret’s passing, our hearts are heavy because we lost him. During this difficult time, we respectfully ask all members of the community to remember his family and the Delaware State Police in their thoughts and prayers.
In the 65th class of Delaware State Police recruits, on March 16, 1996, Master Corporal McAfee was hired as a member of the force. Before moving to Troop 3 and Troop 9 for field training, he completed his training with flying colors and switched to those units. Upon completion, he was permanently assigned to 3 Troop’s Uniformed Patrol, where he eventually became the soldier with the longest tenure as a member of the Uniformed Patrol. During his career, he mentored and trained many new police officers, providing them with the direction and education they needed to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to deal with real-life scenarios.
In addition to his patrol duties, on June 21, 2010 he became a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and on October 19, 2010 he joined the conflict management. We would like to express our gratitude to his family for granting us permission to work with him. We will carry on his legacy despite the terrible sense of loss we feel.