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Flags to be lowered Friday for fallen law enforcement officers

By The Herald Staff | 5/1/2014

TOPEKA — Kansas is saluting law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty by lowering flags Friday across the state.

Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down Friday in honor of the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day.

The 32nd Annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony is set for noon Friday in the second floor rotunda of the Statehouse.

“The heroes in the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial paid the ultimate price protecting the people of Kansas,” Brownback said. “Friday’s ceremony gives us an opportunity to remember their lives and honor their service. We will not forget the sacrifice that these officers made to the people of Kansas.”

The names of two law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and identified through historical research are to be honored and added to the memorial. Officer Samuel B. McLemore, Fort Scott Police Department, was shot and killed the morning of Jan. 23, 1892, as he was attempting to arrest two suspected train robbers near the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad depot. James M. Karr, Jr., Motorcycle Patrolman, was shot and killed the morning of July 10, 1916, as he was pursuing a speeding car.

With the addition of Officer McLemore and Patrolman Karr, the names of 271 law enforcement officers are on the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial located on the northeast corner of the capitol grounds.

That number includes two local officers killed in the line of duty.

Samuel A. Smith, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who was killed in a wreck while en route to a domestic disturbance call near Pomona July 23, 2010, was added to the memorial in 2011.

Robert C. Cowdin, an Ottawa Police Department officer, who died of a heart attack that occurred while assisting the Garnett police department in quelling a riot during the Anderson County city’s annual Fourth of July sports car races in 1963, was added to the memorial in 1987.

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