Friend on Deputy Robert Kunze: ‘He was just a very good man’


Today marks one week since Sedgwick County lost the man who’s been called a hero.

Earlier today, some grateful citizens lined the street at the spot where deputy Robert Kunze gave up his life. You can see them there with thin-blue-line American Flags, a living memorial marking the moments in which we lost Deputy Kunze.

A close friend told KSN’s Sara Berlinger more about the man behind the badge.

Brad McCaffree says he was Robert’s Sergeant and says this is a very difficult loss. He retired several years ago, but says he and Robert’s friendship continued on.

In this Haysville neighborhood, a flag sits at half staff. It’s a gesture of love from owner Brad McCaffree to his dear friend Robert Kunze, killed in the line of duty, exactly one week ago.

“He was just, a very good man,” said Brad McCaffree, Haysville.

Brad says his home, is a place you could often find Robert.

“He would want to touch everything, and he would want to know,” said McCaffree.

Robert would want to learn about Brad’s hobbies and just talk about life.

“He’d be like yup, well that looks cool and then I’d have to explain it to him, or you know, I need to work on that one truck and then he’d give me updates, or he would tell me about his daughter,” said McCaffree.

The duo met in their law enforcement careers, and Brad says, he was Robert’s Sergeant. He says Robert was always smiling, and wanted to protect and serve.

“He could of built airplanes, he could have done anything that he wanted to do, he chose to serve the public,” said McCaffree.

Brad says Robert was an intellect and his goober. He remembers with a smile, some of the ways Robert would have fun.

“Kunze was a horrible horrible horrible singer, horrible and I might roll up next to him, and he would have his windows open and he might be just head jamming and very animated with Bohemian Rhapsody,” said McCaffree.

Brad says, putting on the badge, is something Robert loved doing.

“Everyday of being a cop was like Christmas to a kid for Robert,” said McCaffree.

And although his time doing so was cut short, Brad says Robert, did his job and more.

“I’d say boy, you’ve done a good job, go take a rest, and the boys will take it from here,” said McCaffree.

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