Each year law enforcement men and women are remembered, this year another name was added to the memorial.
“I think he will be remembered as a tremendous hero,” a law enforcement officer said of Tim Buckman.
Macksville Police Officer Tim Buckman died when his patrol car was thrown 300 yards in the Greensburg tornado.
“I ask you as I will ask my family to keep the Buckman family in your prayers and think of him this day,” said Attorney General Stephen Six.
“We gather here in Kansas to honor him and to honor all of the law enforcement officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Governor Kathleen Sebelius said.
The Buckman's are not alone, sharing in the pain are 259 other Kansas’ families among them, Marilyn Goodheart’s, “My husband has given his life and out other friends that have given their life is important to the family to know they are not forgotten.”
Marilyn's husband Master Trooper Dean Goodheart was killed in 1995 when he was struck by a car on a routine stop. His death lead to the “Goodheart Law” requiring cars to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.
“Of course families think about it everyday but it is important we remember,” Goodheart said.
“Our hope is to return next year and honor the officers that served and paid this ultimate sacrifice and our hope is that next year there wont be any more to add to the list,” said Six.
“On behalf of all Kansans I want to say thank you to the Buckman family, thank you to the law enforcement officers," Sebelius said.
No doubt a difficult day for law enforcement families who have lost a family member.
Tim Buckman's name will soon be added to the National Memorial Dedicated to fallen officers In Washington DC.