Kansas Law Enforcement Honors Fallen Colleagues

TOPEKA , Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas law enforcement officers paused to remember their fallen colleagues Friday.

A gun salute, bagpipes and taps all punctuated the annual statewide law enforcement memorial ceremonies at the Statehouse.

The names of Topeka Police Officer Jeff Atherly and Corporal David Gogian were dedicated on the monument this year. They bring to 269 the number of Kansas law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt spoke during a service inside the Statehouse before an honor guard led the Gogian and Atherly families, and the families of other fallen officers, to the monument on the northeast grounds of the Statehouse.

Brownback honored the fallen officers, saying they put their lives on the line so the rest of us could live in peace. Schmidt added that the memorial is a reminder for all whose lives go on that they can live in peace because of the men and women who are on watch.

Family, friends and colleagues of fallen officers paused following the ceremony to lay roses at their loves ones' names on the memorial.

The service also was highlighted by a performance by Topeka Police Officer Jayme Green, who sang a song he wrote in the aftermath of the officers' deaths, titled "Sacrifice."