By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson Police Chief Jeff Hooper announced to the City Council a new initiative for his department related to commemorating the deaths of those who have passed in the line of duty on the department.
"Today is the 48th anniversary of the date that Officer Kenneth Kennedy was killed in the line of duty," Hooper said. "Forty-eight years ago today, Officer Kennedy put on a uniform, kissed his family goodbye, walked out his front door to serve this community and he never returned home."
Hooper doesn't feel commemorating those officers sacrifice during police officer memorial week is enough.
"September 15 and also July 2, which is the date that Reason Sherman Monroe died in the line of duty, will be days dedicated specifically to those officers," Hooper said. "The day will be filled up with gestures that memorialize that and appreciate their call to service. All the officers today are wearing the memorial band in honor of Officer Kennedy. Every shift that comes on today, before they go in service on the street will hold a moment of silence in his honor and then we're also doing two all radio call broadcasts."
Hooper asked the community to thank the officers that are on the street for their service today and the sacrifice they make as they leave their families at home each morning to protect the city.