At 12:00 p.m Tuesday in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, a ceremony honoring Sedgwick County law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty will be held.
Since 1871, 29 law enforcement officers in Sedgwick County have fallen in the line of duty. Each year during the second week of May law enforcement agencies across America remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the peace in their communities.
The first law enforcement officer in Sedgwick County to fall in the line of duty was Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos B. King. Deputy King died on September 23rd, 1871 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas.
The last law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty was Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Etheridge. On September 28th, 2009 Deputy Etheridge responded to a call of a larceny report. Deputy Etheridge was shot and killed in an ambush attack. The suspect was killed in a shootout with other officers several hours later.
Since 1871, 19 Wichita Police officers, eight Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies and one officer each from Derby and Clearwater have given their lives protecting the citizens of Wichita and Sedgwick County.