Time to reflect during Peace Officers Memorial Day

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

May 15th is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have been killed in the line of duty.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter takes times to reflect on the men whose names are carved on plaques near his office. Those names are those of deputies who have been killed while serving this community.

“It reminds you what can happen in this career. Each one of those individuals were heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the community that they served,” said Easter.

Easter’s brother, Kevin Easter, was killed while on duty in 1996. 

The last and most recent was Deputy Brian Etheridge, who was shot and killed after responding to a larceny call in 2009.

“We miss the people, not just because they wore this uniform. They were good people and their families are still grieving at this time,” said Easter.

The Officer Down Memorial Page showed a total of 262 peace officers and three K-9 killed in Kansas. 

K-9 Rooster was the most recent death in the Wichita Police Department. The police dog was shot and killed while he was with his handler during a domestic call last year.

On Friday afternoon, local law enforcement leaders will gather at the Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Memorial at Central and Main for a wreath ceremony. 

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, May 15th was proclaimed as National Peace Officers Memorial Day by President Kennedy. The calendar week in which May 15th falls is known as National Police Week, to recognize law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

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