Working in the Navy, I’ve seen Sailors (and myself) do some dumb things off the job. Still, whatever shenanigans we pull will always pale in comparison to this guy:
CHICAGO, Ill. — A man died after climbing onto an elevated train track to urinate and was electrocuted by the third rail.
The Cook County medical examiner ruled 27-year-old Zachary McKee died of accidental electrocution.
The Indiana man was at the Purple Line station in Evanston when the accident happened.
I usually avoid these kind of Darwin Award postings, but this one got me. Cook County, per capita, is one of the smartest counties in the country*. But every now and then, a person of average intelligence slips through.
* There is no way that anyone would ever fall for that, not if you know anything about Cook County. But I’ll leave it in. Absurdity has a joy (and a wince) all its own.
Update: Ah, this story is more complicated than I originally thought. When I first read it, I imagined the victim was some stoned bum with no job. But it turns out Zach was a Marine, with tours to Iraq and the ‘Stan under his belt:
Born and raised in Ossian, about 20 miles south of Fort Wayne, Zachary McKee studied for two years at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne before joining the U.S. Marine Corps, according to his father, Mark McKee.
He served four years in the Marines, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, his family said.
Upon his return from the military, McKee re-enrolled at IUPW, where he studied political science. He was set to graduate in May, start work at the Indiana statehouse and eventually attend law school in the fall, his father said.
“For the first time in his life he finally let his hair down for a few days, and he died from it,” his father said, fighting back tears as he spoke on the phone from the family’s home in Ossian.
Semper Fi, Shipmate. God bless you and your family.