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Law enforcement from KS, surrounding states gather to say goodbye to Dep. Kunze

Published: Sep. 21, 2018 at 5:49 PM CDT
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Law-enforcement members from across Kansas and surrounding states gathered in Resthaven Mortuary Friday to formally say goodbye to Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Kunze.

Flashing lights filled Kunze's final resting place and the Patriot Guard lined streets with American flags to welcome a hero home.

"It's the least we can do. It's an honor to be here," says Terry Houck with the Kansas Patriot Guard.

The law-enforcement members from Kansas communities and surrounding states numbered in the hundreds, filling part of the cemetery.

Friday was an especially emotional day for Kunze's colleagues with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and those he worked with on the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office.

Some of those former colleagues served as pallbearers. Others were part of the rifle salute.

"It was truly a blessing and an honor to do that so we could send him off the right way," says Shawnee County Sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Hawks who worked with Kunze for six years.

Hawk shared a message for Kunze's family.

"Thanks for allowing us to be part of this. (Kunze) was a friend, still is a friend, and we won't forget him."

Kunze's family gave his fellow law-enforcement officers a chance to go up one by one and lay a hand on the fallen deputy's casket to say goodbye.