'It was the worst experience I've ever had in my life': Sheriff on brother Kevin Easter's death

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - Tuesday, January 8 marks a somber anniversary for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

It's the day Sheriff Jeff Easter's brother was killed in the line of duty.

"God has a plan and the plan was to take him," he said.

January 8, 1996 is a day Easter will never forget. 

"It was the worst experience I've ever had in my life," he said.

His brother, Deputy Kevin Easter, was responding to a stolen car chase, that ultimately led to his death, after he was shot and killed by a 14-year-old.

"In law enforcement, you know this can happen at anytime to anybody," said Easter. "You just hope it's not you. And, in this particular case it was my brother."

Then, it was Patrol Sgt. Kenneth Snider, then Deputy Brian Etheridge, and most recently Deputy Robert Kunze.

"On Deputy Kunze's was probably - it was by far the most outpouring of support I've ever seen in a law enforcement death in this community," he said. 

Kunze's death brought back a lot of memories for Easter.

"The events that occurred, what takes place leading up to the notification of the family, and then going to the hospital, and then just all the funeral arrangements that you never planned on having to make," he said.

In this family of blue, they deal with loss together.

It's something Easter is thankful for, as he continues to mourn all of the fallen officers. 

And, on this day, especially his brother.

"I think that's what also brought me back because that's what everyone remembers about Kevin is his personality, his joking nature, being positive, and was good about his job," said Easter.

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