Topeka – The 29th Annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held Friday, May 6, 2011, beginning at noon on the south steps of the Statehouse grounds. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the south wing of the first floor of the Capitol. Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. and Attorney General Derek Schmidt will present remarks at the ceremony.
The 16th annual candlelight vigil will be held by the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary Topeka #3 at the memorial located in the northeast corner of the Statehouse grounds at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2011.
The names of three law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be added to the memorial and honored this year:
- Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel A. Smith was killed en route to a domestic disturbance call near the City of Pomona on July 23, 2010. Deputy Smith lost control of his patrol vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree.
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Ranger Luke D. Nihart was killed when the all-terrain vehicle he was operating went out of control and crashed as he was working an event at Tuttle Creek State Park in the early morning hours of June 26, 2010.
- Santa Fe Railroad Special Officer George W. Greenstreet was struck by a train and killed the evening of Monday, June 17, 1912 while looking for thieves who had been stealing from rail cars in the train yard at Edgerton, Kansas.
With the addition of Deputy Smith, Ranger Nihart, and Special Officer Greenstreet, the names of 266 law enforcement officers are included on the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.