In recognition of National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day on Friday, May 15, and the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, June 5, Governor Mark Parkinson has ordered flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff on each of those days.
“Law enforcement officers protect the people of Kansas each and every day, putting their lives at risk in service to others,” Governor Parkinson said. “While we have been so fortunate this past year to have not lost any of our officers in the line of duty, we still remember and honor those we’ve lost in the past.”
Names added this year to the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial are historical in nature, and include the following:
Kansas City Marshall A.A. Wilson was shot and killed by Clem Barnell on August 31, 1899 while attempting to serve a warrant for Darnell’s arrest for horse stealing. Chautauqua County Sheriff O.G. Kizer was shot and wounded in the same incident by Darnell’s younger brother. The brothers escaped the scene but a posse was organized and both were subsequently captured.
Santa Fe Railroad Special Officer Vernon L. Holzer was shot the night of July 25, 1923 as he was riding and guarding a Santa Fe freight train that was leaving Wichita heading to Arkansas City Kansas. S.O. Holzer was shot by a 20-year old man who was attempting to steal a ride on the roof of one of the train's boxcars. Special Officer Holzer died of his wounds on August 21, 1923.
Santa Fe Railroad Special Agent Jimmie Allen Barnett was patrolling for trespassers on the elevated overpass tracks near Wichita Union Station on the evening of April 29, 1975. S.A. Barnett was walking northbound along the west side of the elevated railroad tracks near a steep, rocky embankment when he was struck by an 18-car northbound Santa Fe freight train. Special Agent Barnett succumbed to severe head injuries the following day, April 30, 1975.
In addition, H.J. Res. 730, P.L. 87-726 designates May 15 of each year as National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.