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2017-13: Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Services to be Held May 4 & 5

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 10:51 AM by Mary Jane King

NEWS  RELEASE  –  April 28, 2017 #2017-13

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

CONTACT: Lieutenant Adam Winters, KHP PIO, 785-296-6800

Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Services to be held May 4 & 5

In honor of National Police Week, May 14-20, and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, held annually on May 15, the State of Kansas will be having its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, May 5. A Candlelight Vigil will take place on Thursday, May 4.  The public is encouraged to attend the memorial events that take place in Kansas. 

The 35th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 5 at the Kansas Statehouse, Second Floor Rotunda, at 12:00 p.m. A wreath-laying ceremony will follow at the Kansas Law Enforcement Monument, which is on the northeast quadrant of the Statehouse grounds. 

The 22nd Annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, Topeka #3, will be on Thursday, May 4, in the First Floor Rotunda area of the Statehouse, with a candle lighting ceremony to follow at the Kansas Law Enforcement Monument. The vigil will begin at 8:00 p.m. 

There will be three names added to the Kansas Law Enforcement Monument this year. 

Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Detective Brad Lancaster, End of Watch: May 9, 2016
Detective Brad Lancaster was shot and killed on May 9, 2016, while assisting patrol officers who had responded to a suspicious person call at Hollywood Casino. The suspect fled on foot, but was located by Detective Lancaster in a nearby field. The suspect opened fire, striking Detective Lancaster. Detective Lancaster was transported to KU Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. 

Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Captain Robert “Dave” Melton, End of Watch: July 19, 2016
Captain Robert David Melton was shot and killed on July 19, 2016. Officers responded to 2nd and Edgerton Ave. on reports of shots fired in the area. As officers arrived, several suspects exited the vehicle they were in, and fled on foot. As officers searched for the suspects, one of them shot Captain Melton. He was transported to KU Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. 

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Brandon Collins, End of Watch: September 11, 2016
Master Deputy Brandon Collins was killed in the early morning hours of September 11, 2016, when his patrol car was struck while he was conducting a traffic stop. Master Deputy Collins had a vehicle stopped on northbound U.S.-69 Highway, near 143rd St. in Overland Park. He had re-entered his vehicle, when a truck struck it, causing the car to burst into flames. The driver of the truck fled on foot, but was arrested. 

In honor of National Police Week and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, the Patrol joins COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) for Project Blue Ribbon. COPS is a national non-profit organization for the families of officers lost in the line of duty. As part of Project Blue Ribbon, the Patrol will be tying blue ribbons to agency-owned vehicles, and encouraging civilians to do the same, to serve as a reminder of the many officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. It also honors those officers who are working every day, putting their lives on the line.  A limited supply of the official COPS ribbons will be available at local KHP troop headquarters, however, any 18-inch strip of royal blue ribbon will show your support.

In 2016, 135 officers were killed in the line of duty in the U.S., the highest number in five years, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. So far in 2017, as of April 27, the U.S. has lost 41 officers in the line of duty. 

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