Fallen Sedgwick County deputy honored in nation's capital

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.

Kunze was shot and killed in the line of duty last September.

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.


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.