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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Memorial fund established for officer killed in tornado

BY STAN FINGER
The Wichita Eagle

A memorial fund has been set up for Macksville police officer Tim Buckman, who was killed by the tornado that passed near Macksville late on the evening of May 4.

Contributions may be made at any Bank of America location, or mailed to the Robert "Tim" Buckman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 118, Buhler, KS 67522.

Buckman was one of 12 people killed in Kansas tornadoes on May 4 and 5.

National Weather Service officials who conducted damage assessments reported the tornado that struck Buckman's patrol car touched down at 11:25 p.m. about 2 ½ miles southeast of Macksville, grew to an EF-2 tornado three-quarters of a mile wide, and traveled 13 miles before lifting 4 ½ miles northwest of St. John.

Buckman was traveling on U.S. 50 east of Macksville when he was hit, authorities have reported.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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