It has been nine days since Deputy Robert Kunze lost his life.
Still, support continues to pour in for his wife and young daughter.
“It shows the family and other agencies or ourselves that we are not alone out here, that there are citizens that support us,” said Officer Steve Jerrell, with the Honore Adversis Foundation, the group helping raise money for Deputy Kunze’s family.
That support came in the thousands to Deputy Kunze’s funeral.
“This is the second time we’ve lost law enforcement in this county this year,” said Jerrell. “And, it’s comforting to know that citizens are coming back.”
Donations have come in from as far as North Carolina and California.
“It’s important to help that family transition,” said Jerrell. “You know they’re going from- whether it was one income or two incomes, that’s being cut out. And, it’s important to be there to ease the stress financially for them.”
The Honore Adversis Foundation started selling shirts and hoodies online Tuesday, each sharing a special tribute.
“Deputy Robert Kunze the Third, I.D. number D1584. And his end of watch date, which was the day that he died,” said Jerrell of the writing on the shirts.
While helping the family, the shirts also help keep his memory alive.
“It just helps remind people when they’re out in public that hey we had someone who lost their life doing this job,” said Jerrell.
If you are interested in purchasing one of the shirts, you can order them on the Cuffs vs. Axes website.
You can either pick them up in the store or have them shipped to you.
All the money raised will go back to the family.
There will also be a fundraiser at the four Chick-fil-A locations in Sedgwick County on Friday, September 28 from 5 to 8. Part of the proceeds will go to the Kunze family.
There will also be another fundraiser at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Sunday, September 30 from 5:30 to 7:30.