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Proclamation about fallen officers gets emotional

Sedgwick County commissioner Karl Peterjohn became emotional this morning during a proclamation about fallen law enforcement officers.

Referring to the death of sheriff’s deputy Brian Etheridge in September, Peterjohn said the word “tragedy” didn’t do justice.

A tragedy, he said, is a tornado, “an act of God.” Etheridge’s death was an assassination, Peterjohn said.

A sheriff’s official accepted the commission’s proclamation for National Peace Officer Memorial Week.