Blue Ribbons Honor Fallen Officers

During National Police Week, as well as National Peace Officer's Memorial Day which falls therein, the Kansas Highway Patrol is teaming up with Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), a national non-profit organization for families of officer who die in the line of duty, to honor those officers and their families.

Throughout the week, a blue ribbon will be tied to each agency-owned vehicle to honor the officers.

"We remember the fallen men and women fondly, and each has left a legacy of bravery and honor with the law enforcement community," said Patrol Superintendent Colonel William Seck. "We must also remember and comfort their families, who were left with irreplaceable losses in their lives."

Last year, 145 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide, according to COPS and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund; two were from Kansas.

Seward County Sheriff's Deputy Cory Ricks was killed in a traffic crash on Jan. 16, 2006. At the time, he was transporting a prisoner from Garden City to Liberal when his vehicle struck a truck that was stopped and waiting to turn on US-83 in Haskell County.

Sheridan County Sheriff James Johnson was shot and killed on Oct. 26, 2006. Sheriff Johnson was interviewing a subject in his office in Hoxie when he fatally shot. The individual was killed by a deputy responding to the the incident.

Official COPS ribbons will be available at many Kansas law enforcement agencies or a substitute can be fashioned from a 18-inch strip of royal blue ribbon.