WASHINGTON Rep. Ron Estes is one of many paying tribute this week in Washington, D.C. to fallen officers, including Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Kunze.
The tribute is part of National Police Week.
In honoring Kunze this week, Estes tweeted a message saying the deputy's life was taken during a selfless and courageous act that saved others.
(3/3) This year we remember Sedgwick Co. Sheriff's Deputy Robert Kunze III, whose selfless and courageous act ended his life while saving others. I hope you'll join me in thanking our law enforcement officers this week and remember those who gave all in the line of duty.— Rep. Ron Estes (@RepRonEstes) May 13, 2019
A little more than one week after Kunze died, Estes took time on the U.S. House floor to pay his respects to the deputy.
Kunze's name was read during ceremonies on Monday and Wednesday for all of the officers across the U.S. who died in the past year. Kunze's family is attending ceremonies this week in Washington, D.C. in which several speakers discuss the sacrifices officers like Kunze made to keep their communities safe.
"...Joining together, we show our appreciation for their heroism, and we recognize that our public safety, our freedom and our prosperity are bought at a price," U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday.
Kunze's name, along with four others will be added this week to the national memorial that pays tribute to officers who died in the line of duty.