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Flags to be lowered for fallen officers

4/30/2013

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

The 31st annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be at noon Friday at the Capitol.

"The heroes on the memorial paid the ultimate price performing their duty to protect the people of Kansas. Friday's memorial ceremony gives us an opportunity to remember their lives and honor their sacrifice," Brownback said. "To their families, I offer my deepest thanks for their sacrifice, and I offer my assurance that the people of Kansas will not forget you and the price that you have also paid."

Since last year, Kansas has lost two law enforcement officers in the line of duty. On Dec. 16, Topeka Police Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly were fatally shot after they responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in a grocery store parking lot.

Their names join the names of 267 law enforcement officers already listed on the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, located on the northeast corner of the Capitol grounds.