This year's law enforcement memorial for fallen officers was different from the nine that preceded it.
There was a new officer to add to the list of Wichita police officers and Sedgwick County sheriff's deputies killed in the line of duty since 1871.
Deputy Brian Etheridge became the 29th name, which will be chiseled into the memorial being built outside City Hall, where the annual memorial service was held Tuesday in the council chambers.
Etheridge, 26, was gunned down in September when he was ambushed on a bogus theft call. He became the first law enforcement officer to die on duty since 2000. Those nine years were the longest span between officers being killed since 1962-74.
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"A warm and sunny day," Sheriff Bob Hinshaw remembered of Etheridge's shooting.
Hinshaw recalled Etheridge's ability to radio that he had been shot and to let his colleagues know the gunman had also taken the deputy's service weapon near the house on South Rock Road.
"Only in our hearts do we know how many lives he saved the day by being a fighter," Hinshaw said.
The gunman was shot to death later that afternoon as he fired shots at officers while hiding in a row of trees, trying to evade capture.
Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams spoke of the outpouring of support to Etheridge's family after the tragedy.
"I am proud to be a part of a community that showed such caring and compassion in a time of struggle," Williams said.
The chief said the memorial service, held each May, also serves as a reminder to the courage those still working the streets show each day.
"When faced with danger, we go forward, knowing the risks, knowing the costs, knowing it must be done," Williams said.
Hinshaw said construction on the law enforcement memorial should be completed in time for next spring's ceremony, which includes the laying of a wreath and the sounding of taps.
"We will hold that where it belongs," Hinshaw said, fighting back tears, "outside in the bright sunshine of a warm day."