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Somber moment: Deputies escort Robert Kunze to mortuary

Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 7:26 PM CDT
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Dozens of Sedgwick County sheriff's vehicle's escort the hearse carrying Deputy Robert Kunze to the mortuary.

It's part of the solemn events leading up to the slain deputy’s memorial on Friday.

"I want to show my kids this is an officer who gave his life, I mean I don't know how else to put it, and it kind of gives you chills and goosebumps watching that many officers drive by with their lights and sirens on,” said Anthony Lewis who filmed Sedgwick County sheriff's deputies escorting their fallen brother.

Lewis said at his former job he met Deputy Robert Kunze.

"I do personally have met him three or four times, and he's always been kind, a sweetheart. My respects and continued condolences go out to his family,” said Lewis.

Kunze is survived by his wife and child.

His law enforcement family is also grieving his loss.

"He was committed to public service, to helping people, he was very professional in doing that, One of his attributes was that he was always striving to help other officers, especially newer, younger officers,” said retired Undersheriff Danny Bardezbain.

Six Sedgwick County officers have been killed in the line of duty in the last 30 years.

Bardezbain says deputies go to work not knowing if they will make it home.

"I want people to know these are human beings and they have feelings, and they are doing a job out there to protect you, just a simple thank you goes a long way,” said Bardezbain.

That's just what Lewis did when he saw officers after the procession.

"I told him thank you for your service and what you've done and he said man I'm scared for my family, and scared for myself with all the things going on in this world,” said Lewis.