Flags fly at half-staff Wednesday to honor fallen law enforcement officers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Flags across Kansas and the United State will fly at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Gov. Laura Kelly issued the order Tuesday for flags to be lowered throughout the state from sunup to sundown.

"Each year we recognize law enforcement officers for putting service above self to protect fellow Kansans,” Kelly said. “I have a deep appreciation for these officers and their families – and on behalf of the State of Kansas, thank them for their commitment.”

In proclaiming this week as "Police Week," President Donald Trump directed flags at all federal buildings be lowered as well on Wednesday, adding that there will be a special tribute at the White House that night.

"In humble appreciation of our hardworking law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15," President Trump said.

He also encouraged all Americans and businesses to fly their flags in honor of the fallen officers.

In all, 371 new names will be added this week to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., including four from Kansas:

  • Sedgwick Co. Deputy Patrick Kunze
  • Wyandotte Co. Deputy Patrick Rohrer
  • Wyandotte Co. Deputy Theresa King, and
  • Jefferson Co. Undersheriff George Burnau, who died in 1920