WICHITA, Kansas – Names of all 29 killed in the line of duty in Sedgwick County were read Friday at a memorial.
“It is about being above self, it’s about doing the right thing, it’s about having the courage to make a difference, having the courage to go into harms way and know that I can save a life,” said Chief Norman Williams, Wichita Police Department.
That is just what they did
For family members, coming to the memorial every year is a tough experience.
“After Kevin died, it was very hard because it took you right back to the same spot you were at the night that you learned he was killed, but you had to realize that it was being done to honor him and the other officers that have died in the line of duty,” said Sheriff Jeff Easter, Sedgwick County.
“It doesn’t ever get easier,” said Sarah Purcell, husband killed. “I think it just gets a little different with time, and the pain never goes away, “You learn with different ways to deal and cope, and it’s just very comforting to see his memory live on and to honor him in this way.”
But for all the tears and memories, it was still an opportunity to give thanks reminding people of those that have truly paid the ultimate price.
“As you lay down tonight or any other future night, remember them, honor them, and thank them, for they gave their lives, the 29 members in Sedgwick County gave their lives so that we could have a safe and secure community,” added Williams.
Click the link for a presentation honoring all the officers and deputies who have lost their lives in the line of duty: Law Enforcement Memorial Presentation.