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Ceremony honors fallen law enforcement officers

Wichita police and Sedgwick County sheriff’s officers salute during taps Friday at the Law Enforcement Memorial service outside Wichita City Hall. (May 15, 2015)
Wichita police and Sedgwick County sheriff’s officers salute during taps Friday at the Law Enforcement Memorial service outside Wichita City Hall. (May 15, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

A ceremony Friday paid tribute to law enforcement officers across Sedgwick County who have died in the line of duty.

Since 1871, 29 law enforcement officers in Sedgwick County have fallen in the line of duty. That number includes 19 Wichita police officers, eight Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputies and one officer each from Derby and Clearwater.

Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos B. King was the first law enforcement officer in Sedgwick County to die while in the line of duty. He died on Sept. 23, 1871. The most recent local officer to die in the line of duty was sheriff’s Deputy Brian Etheridge.

Etheridge responded to a call of a larceny report on South Rock Road on Sept. 28, 2009. He was shot and killed in an ambush attack.

Nationwide, 44 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty so far in 2015, including one in Kansas. Last year, 133 died in the line of duty, including one in Kansas.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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