Wichita police plan trip to Kansas City to pay respects to fallen officer

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A group of Wichita police officers, who returned from Dallas this weekend, are preparing to go to Kansas City to honor a fallen officer.

“It’s another sad, tragic event,” said Wichita Police Lieutenant Dale Mattern.

Mattern told KSN on Tuesday that it is a trying time for law enforcement.

“There’s been several instances lately that are tough to swallow,” he said.

At least nine officers have been killed in the line of duty in July 2016. In Dallas, five officers were shot and killed on July 7. Three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge on Sunday and one officer was killed on Tuesday in Kansas City, Kansas.

“There has been so many lately that it hits pretty close to home regardless of where it’s been,” Mattern said.

Mattern is a member of the Wichita Police Department’s Honor Guard. He and several other police officers spent last week in Texas honoring the Dallas Police Department’s fallen officers.

“We attended three funerals in the three days that we were down there,” Mattern said.

The department now plans to show that same support for the Kansas City Police Department.

“It’s just important to show that we are all humans and we all care about each other,” he said.

Mattern said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has approved to send members of the WPD Honor Guard to Kansas City once funeral arrangements have been made.

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