Polishing badges ahead of Detective Young's funeral

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Wichita Police officers are getting their badges polished ahead of Detective Matt Young's funeral.

On social media, Jewelry Savers posted a message reminding officers that they offer free polishing of badges at their northeast Wichita store.

"We're just regular folks. They heard about the passing and they made the point to make a post and get this information out to us. It's just awesome," said Wichita Police Officer Steve Jerrell, a spokesperson for The Honor Adversis Foundation.

Friends and colleagues are stopping by the store to get their badges ready for Saturday's funeral.

"Blessed to be able to help them because they don't realize how tarnished their badges get," said Kim Ellis Brier, owner of Jewelry Savers.

On Tuesday, Detective Young lost his battle to cancer. He was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

"As officers, (we are) saddened but also glad that Matt's no longer in pain and that he's no longer suffering," said Jerrell.

Various fundraisers throughout the year have helped Young and his family.

"Wichita, Sedgwick County is a very giving community, a very caring community. The support that they show to us in our times of need, is just overwhelming," said Jerrell.

To learn more about the Honor Adversis Foundation, which helps officers and their families during a crisis or tragedy, click here.

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