(WICHITA, Kan.) — There were some somber moments in downtown Wichita Friday as law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were remembered.
The memorial takes place each year during the second week of May.
On Friday, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams and Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw placed a wreath at the Law Enforcement Memorial at Central and Main.
It honors the 29 officers and deputies who have died in the line of duty since 1871.
They include, Kevin Easter, who was killed in 1996. His brother is Wichita Police Captain Jeff Easter and candidate for Sheriff.
He told us, "It's a somber event, you know, but you also try to celebrate their life as well, and that's the message I want to get out most, that we still celebrate the lives of the most recent ones that have been killed because we knew them."
This is the first time the ceremony has been held at the law enforcement memorial, which was financed by donations.