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First responders show support for Rice County on social media

Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 5:29 PM CDT
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Following the shooting of the Rice County sheriff and undersheriff, law enforcement from across Kansas and the country showed their support of the department -- on social media and in person.

Thoughts and prayers for Sheriff Bryant Evans and Undersheriff Chad Murphy poured in from Idaho, Colorado and Texas, as well as, from their fellow officers right here in the state.

"Thinking of our brothers and sisters at Rice County Sheriff’s Office. Hang in there. We are here for you," the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet on Monday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors, Rice County Sheriff’s Office. We have a large amount of Deputies in Rice County assisting with this situation," said the Reno County Sheriff's Office in its tweet.

"We're one large family," said Lt. Tim Myers with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. "It doesn't matter what state you're in, what jurisdiction you're in. We reach out to one another and let them know we're thinking about them. We hope for a speedy recovery and whatever we can do to help."

Myers says the job connects officers to officers and the communities they protect, something made evident by the many wishes now being sent to the Rice County.

"The comments showing the support that means the world to law enforcement officers. And then just keeping them in your thoughts and prayers. That's the best support you can give right now," says Myers.

He says that same support was felt by the men and women of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office after the loss of one of their own, last September.

"We saw that greatly when Deputy Kunze was killed. People from all around the country just reaching out, what could they do, sending in donations, anything to try to help Deputy Kunze's family, and I'm sure we'll see the outpouring of support also for the two Rice County Sheriff's Deputies," says Myers.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation on Monday by helping collect evidence. Myers says those deputies were back in Rice County on Tuesday doing whatever was needed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers and families of the Rice County Sheriffs Office and those responding to the situation.

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