Slain deputies honored at funeral service

Scenes from the funeral services Thursday for Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer, who were killed in the line of duty last Friday. (Photo by William Crum)

Photos by William Crum

Slain Wyandotte County Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were honored as heroes at a funeral service today at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

The two deputies were slain last Friday in a shooting near the Wyandotte County Courthouse, as they were transferring inmates from court to the county jail.

Speakers at the funeral service included Sheriff Don Ash, Chaplain Ken Nettling, Sister Therese Bangert, colleagues of the deputies, family members and Rob Richardson, representing the Scouts. Rohrer’s Scout troop from Lenexa, Kansas, was present.

Ash quoted from Vernon Geberth in his speech.

“You see, they died as rare and precious people, doing what they loved to do and doing it for the noblest of reasons,” Sheriff Ash said. “That is something we can never explain outside of our profession. You see, you can’t be a good cop simply because you couldn’t get another job. You could only be a good cop because you want it.”

Ash quoted Geberth who said his former sergeant once told him there were only three rules in war: Young men die, you can’t change that, and somebody has to walk the point. Those who walk the point are those who are far in front of everyone else, who spot the enemy and may make the first shot.

“It must be done, or there would be no protection for the rest, just more bloodshed, and more grief,” Ash quoted from Geberth’s book. The “point man” is there to save lives, even if he gives his own in the process, he said. He compared law enforcement work to military service, saying someone has to walk the point.

Ash continued his quote from Geberth, saying he wanted everyone to remember the deputies not just for what they did on their last day, but what they did for everyone day after day.

Ash repeated his statement of last Sunday, quoting from the Bible, “Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”

“We will be the peacemakers God has called us to be,” he said.

Scenes from the funeral service today for Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from the funeral service today for Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from the funeral service today for Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from the funeral service today for Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from the funeral service today for Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. (Photo by William Crum)
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Showers possible today; cool weather ahead

National Weather Service graphic

Scattered showers are possible today after 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Today is the summer solstice, the first day of summer, and today will have the longest daylight hours of the year. While it is the first day of summer, the weather will have a spring-like pattern, according to the weather service.

It will be cooler today than recent days, with a high near 73 and a west wind of 9 to 14 mph, gusting to as high as 30 mph, the weather service said. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected today.

Tonight, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10 p.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 62 with a northwest wind of 8 to 11 mph, gusting as high as 20 mph. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected.

Friday, it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 78 and a north northwest wind around 9 mph, the weather service said.

Friday night, there is a 20 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 63 with a north wind of 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Saturday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 82 with an east southeast wind of 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday night, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low of 67, according to the weather service.

Sunday, the high will be near 87 with mostly sunny skies, the weather service said.

Sunday night, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m., with a low of 69, according to the weather service.

Monday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 86, the weather service said.

Monday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 74.

Tuesday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 89, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low of 74, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high of 94, the weather service said.

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Community mourns slain deputy

A visitation for Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputy Theresa King was held Wednesday night at the Jack Reardon Convention Center. The area was crowded with people who paid their respects to the deputy, who lost her life in the line of duty on Friday.

Streets were blocked off and parking lots were full for the visitation for Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputy Theresa King near the Jack Reardon Convention Center at 5th and Minnesota Avenue tonight.

Deputy King was slain last Friday in a shooting near the Wyandotte County Courthouse. Also killed during the inmate transfer was Deputy Patrick Rohrer.

A large American flag hung from the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department apparatus at the visitation’s entrance.

Available for counseling services, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was present at the visitation tonight. Team members drove from Dallas, Texas, to be at the funeral.

There will be no visitation for Deputy Rohrer.

A combined funeral service for both deputies will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at Children’s Mercy Park, the home of Sporting KC, at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kansas. Gates will open at 8 a.m. The funeral service is open to the public.

Some of the Unified Government offices will be closed or short-staffed from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 21, so that employees may attend the funeral, according to an announcement from the UG. For more details, see http://wyandottedaily.com/ug-staff-members-to-attend-funeral-service-thursday/.

For more information about the services or how to donate to a memorial fund, see http://wyandottedaily.com/community-prepares-for-funeral-service-for-two-deputies/.

The funeral will be held Thursday for Deputy Patrick Rohrer, left, and Deputy Theresa King, who were killed in the line of duty on Friday.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team drove to Kansas City, Kansas, from Dallas, Texas, to provide support for those who are mourning.
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