WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The funeral for Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy Sidnee Carter was held Friday, Oct. 14. at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was killed in a crash on Friday, Oct. 7.
Family, friends, deputies, and area law enforcement gathered to pay their respects during the hour-long service.
The Reverend David Voss said she was remembered as someone who had a caring heart for everyone she met.
“She made everyone else around her feel like they were home. Whether it was home at the bowling alley with all the kids in the summers with dad, whether it was at the dance studio with their friends, whether it was at a detention center, caring for those who really didn’t see much kindness, but everybody cared about her because she showed that kindness to those who don’t see it,” said Voss.
Video: Funeral and procession of deputy Sidnee Carter
After the services, several roads were closed for the procession.
- Bekemeyer Lane between Socora Street and Tyler Road
- Tyler Road between Bekemeyer Lane and Maple Street
- Maple Street between Tyler and 119th Street West
- 119th Street West between Maple and Kellogg (US Highway 54)
During the procession, area residents lined the route to pay their respects to Carter. Many held signs and flags.
The procession ended at Resthaven Cemetery, where Carter was laid to rest. Prayers and poems were read, and a 21-gun salute was held by officers as a tribute.
“Done this far too many times, you know, we’ve had lost people in the fire service, in the law enforcement community. And it’s, it’s something that we never look forward to, but we always try to be prepared for it because there’s value in showing our support,” said Deputy Sedgwick County Fire Division Chief Tony Tracy.
Gallery: Funeral of deputy Sidnee Carter
Video: Law enforcement arrives at the funeral service
Carter was with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office for a year and a half in the Detention Facility before transferring to the Law Enforcement Bureau in February 2022.
Sheriff Jeff Easter remembered her as extremely helpful and said she was well-respected by her peers.
“She is 22 years old. She is young. She had her whole life ahead of her,” said Easter. “She was somebody that dreamed of law enforcement from a very young age. And now this has happened, which is devastating to us here. I can’t tell you the impact this really has on an organization, and it will impact us for quite some time.”
Video: Sheriff Jeff Easter remembers deputy Sidnee Carter
After the services, Sedgwick County Dispatch held an end of watch call for Carter.
End of Watch: Oct. 7, 2022
Deputy Sidnee Carter was involved in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of 135th Street West and 29th Street North in Sedgwick County, Kansas. Deputy Carter died at the scene. Deputy Carter began her career with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 8, 2020. She graduated with her detention class on Dec. 3, 2020, and served on both first and second shift soon after. She was selected to join the Law Enforcement Bureau on Feb. 14, 2022, and graduated from the Patrol Academy on Jul. 21, 2022. She completed her field training on Oct. 1, 2022, and hit the roads on her own. She is survived by her parents and siblings.