KS Dept. of Transportation honors fallen Sedgwick County deputy with 'Hero Award'

Published: Apr. 3, 2019 at 5:22 PM CDT
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KDOT says " (Deputy Robert) Kunze demonstrated extreme bravery and courage during a traffic stop in which he was mortally wounded but still managed to pursue and capture his assailant."

"He very likely saved the lives of two citizens onsite at the traffic stop and all the responding law enforcement officers who followed," the department says.

Kunze was one of two recipients of KDOT's Hero Award, which "recognizes the individual who risked his or her own life for someone else when they happened upon a crash or while trying to prevent the likelihood of a crash in a one-time traffic safety-related incident."

Sgt. Mitchell Talley with the Miami County Sheriff's Office also received the Hero Award for taking action to save the life of a man who almost died from what KDOT described as "a self-inflicted, four-inch laceration on the left side of his neck."

KDOT also recognized the Overland Park Police Department, a director of a local nonprofit and a Perry teacher for "The People Saving People Award."

KDOT says "The People Saving People Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the improvement of transportation safety behavior in Kansas."