Services Scheduled For Fallen TPD Officers

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - At the Law Enforcement Center, the candles from last night's vigil for two of Topeka's police officers have been extinguished, but the sorrow remains.

As the families of Corporal David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly mourn their loved ones, so does their professional law enforcement family.

"I received a call from a friend and I cried, as many of us have cried," Ron Brown, who knew Gogian during their years in the Marine Corps, said. Brown currently serves as Director for School Safety for Topeka Public Schools.

Gogian served in the US Marine Corps from 1981-1986 and then the Kansas Air National Guard for 19 years - half of his life.

"He was just a true American patriot," Brown remembers. "He felt a strong desire to serve his country. He felt a strong desire to serve his community. And he did those things with tremendous honor."

Gogian spent two decades with the Topeka Police Department, both as a reserve officer, and full time since 2004.

Officer Jeff Atherly had only just begun his career with the TPD, beginning in April 2011.

On Facebook pages set up in memoriam of the two slain officers, posters say "It was his dream to be a police officer."

Another said: "He was so ready to go out protect people... He died with the greatest honor."

The 29-year-old Atherly leaves behind his fiancee Sharity Kranz, a son, Logan, and a step-son, Eric.

Corporal Gogian is survived by his wife Simona, and their children Brandon, Samantha, Joshua and Colin.

Service information for two Topeka Police Officers killed in the line of duty:

Information from Penwell-Gabel Topeka.

David Gogian
Visitation:

Friday, December 21, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kansas Expocentre
one Expocentre Drive
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Service:
Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Kansas Expocentre
one Expocentre Drive
Topeka, Kansas 66612

In State:
Friday, December 21, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kansas Expocentre
one Expocentre Drive
Topeka, KS 66612

Jeffrey "Jeff" Atherly

Visitation:
Friday, December 21, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kansas Expocentre
one Expocentre Drive
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Service:
Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Kansas Expocentre
one Expocentre Drive
Topeka, Kansas 66612

In State:
Friday, December 21, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kansas Expocentre
one Expocentre Drive
Topeka, Kansas 66612


OFC Atherly (left), CPL Gogian (right)


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