KIOWA COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Fallen but not forgotten. Days after a state trooper died at his home, his memory keeps living on through those he touched.
“When I heard the news, it took me off my feet,” says Gage Hosheit. “I lost all my breath. It is something I never ever expected to hear.”
Hosheit says he took a phone call this week that would change his life.
“I did not want to believe it at first,” Hosheit explains. “I did not know if that is what she wanted to say. It just did not seem real and to this day it still does not seem real.”
Brandon Hosheit, a Kansas Highway Patrolman, collapsed and died this week. He was 44.
“It made me speechless,” Hosheit says.
But not at a total loss for words. Over the last several days, friends, family and brothers in blue have picked up the family.
The outreach that we have gotten, it has made things a a lot easier, still a very tough, tough time for everybody but overall it has gone very very well,” he says.
Gage remembers his dad as direct, strong but a helper.
Just go back to the Greensburg tornado.
“He had composure the whole time, and it eased us a lot,” Hosheit says.
Gage says he and his dad were on the ground making sure friends and family were safe. He also remembers a light moment when they went to check on his great grandmother.
“Supposedly, she told us she quit smoking for 20 years, but we rolled up the house and she was sitting on the porch, as fine as can be, smoking a cigarette,” Hosheit says.
It’s those moments that the 20 plus year veteran of the force will be remembered. Selfless, caring, and a true hero.
“Never in a million years did I think we would get this type of reaction,” says Hosheit.
Hosheit and his family says they appreciate the support from friends and law enforcement.