Agencies across the country send patches to KC boy whose father was killed

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It’s been one month since two Wyandotte County deputies lost their lives while transporting an inmate from court to jail.

Now, Deputy Patrick Rohrer’s son is asking law enforcement all around for police patches.

“It is a very trying time for the family, and it is not something that you really ever get over,” says Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter.

These patches are more than just an emblem.

“It is heart wrenching, I can not imagine for the family,” Major Harold Heatley of the Tazewell County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office says.

They represent a family.

“You can not take any of it for granted,” adds Major Heatley. “It is a bond no matter where you are.”

That’s because the bond in law enforcement reaches across the country. A little less than a month ago,  Wyandotte County Sheriff Patrick Rohrer was overcome by an inmate and was killed.

“That is probably my biggest fear, to go to somebody’s home to tell them their mother or father is not coming home,” Heatley says.

Rohrer’s son is now collecting patches in honor of his father.

“When they sent out, they wanted patches for Connor, the 5-year-old son, absolutely, we are sending some patches up,” says Sheriff Jeff Easter.

“Connor we are sending this (patches) out to you tomorrow,” says Heatley.

Whether or not it is from Virginia or Kansas these patches show just how closely stitched together law enforcement is.

“I think it means a lot to the family,” says Easter.

“Buddy, just know that any of us, any state you go to, my friend, we are here for you, here for your family, and if there is anything we can do in Tazewell, Virginia, don’t hesitate to call us. We love you and we mean that.”

You can mail the address below:
Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department
c/o Jared Gambrel 
Patches for Connor 
710 N. 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101

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