WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita law enforcement, Sedgwick County law enforcement, and the City of Wichita paused to honor and remember the community’s 33 fallen heroes who gave their lives protecting citizens.

It happened Friday morning at the Law Enforcement Memorial in front of Wichita’s City Hall at Central and Main Street.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says it is a somber but important ceremony that also honors the families who have lost someone.

“What we’re here for is to honor all of the law enforcement officers that are behind me with the boots and bronze. That’s why we’re here. we’re also here to honor the families that lost loved ones in these events,” said Sheriff Easter.

Wichita Police Chief Joe Sullivan was also in attendance, reminding everyone of the importance of Memorial Day.

“We look forward to a day when we can gather here at this solemn place to celebrate the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice without having to add new names to the roll call of heroes. Unfortunately, today is not that day,” said Chief Sullivan.

The ceremony included the addition of Deputy Sheriff Sidnee Carter, who was killed in a crash on Oct. 7, 2022.

Fallen officers honored during a ceremony in Wichita, Deputy Sheriff Sidnee Carter added to memorial (KSN Photo)

“This one’s different again this year because we’ve added Sidnee’s name to the memorial, which brings back all the hurt and feelings of loss that we experienced in October and are still experiencing, but at least it’s maybe some final closure for Sidnee’s family,” said Sheriff Easter.

“To the families of our fallen, know that we will carry on their legacy of selfless public service and devotion to duty every single day as we continue to serve and protect the people of our city and our county in their memory,” said Chief Sullivan.