Law enforcement officers and civilians from around the Wichita area gathered Friday outside City Hall to honor local law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
The ceremony, which was held at the Law Enforcement Memorial of Sedgwick County, is held every year during the second week of May when police agencies across the country remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Since 1871, 29 law enforcement officers in Sedgwick County – including 19 Wichita police officers and eight sheriff’s deputies – have died in the line of duty. One officer each from Derby and Clearwater also have given their lives while protecting citizens.
The first Sedgwick County law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty was Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos B. King, who died on Sept. 23, 1871. The last was Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Etheridge, who was shot and killed in an ambush attack while responding to a theft report on Sept. 28, 2009.