Sedgwick County fallen officers honored today

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A special ceremony was held this morning to honor Sedgwick County law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

The service was held both inside and outside of City Hall in downtown Wichita.

"We can never repay our debt to these law enforcement officers or their families. But what we need to do is pay tribute to their memory. This is why we gather today," said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay.

Each year during the week of May 13th law enforcement agencies across America remember fallen officers.

Since 1871, 30 law enforcement officers in Sedgwick County have fallen in the line of duty. Specifically, 19 Wichita Police officers, 9 Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputies and one officer each from Derby and Clearwater.

Each of those officers names and pair of shoes are displayed at the Law Enforcement Memorial, at the southwest corner of Central and Main.

Deputy Robert Kunze's name and boots will soon be added to the memorial. On September 16, 2018, he was shot and killed while trying to arrest a suspect.