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.