A number of local sheriff’s deputies have offered to lend support this weekend at the funerals of two police officers killed in the line of duty.
Six deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office plan to provide assistance Saturday at the funerals of two Topeka police officers. While no one from the office knew the fallen men directly, Jeff Curry, Franklin County sheriff, said, his office is proud to offer the service.
“If an officer is killed or injured in the line of duty, and we can assist that organization in any way, we always offer our assistance,” Curry said Wednesday.
Cpl. David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29, with the Topeka police department, were shot Sunday night while investigating possible drug activity in a parking lot in Topeka. The shooter, David Edward Tiscareno, 22, later was killed following an armed standoff at a Topeka home.
On Saturday, four of the Franklin County deputies plan to assist with parking at the funeral site, while the other two will answer calls for the Topeka police department to allow the Topeka officers to attend the services.
It is important to provide such support to other departments, Curry said, because they will, and have, done the same thing for the law enforcement in Franklin County.
“My office knows what it’s like to lose an officer, and if it weren’t for other agencies doing that for us, we would have a terrible time trying to make it through that,” Curry said. “So knowing that, we want to do everything we can to help that organization make it through and be able to take care of themselves.”
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., spoke to the Senate Wednesday about the loss of the two police officers, and the important role they played in their community.
“These two men honorably served their community by faithfully carrying out their duties,” Moran said. “Rather than shirking from danger, police officers pledge to face danger with courage, and that is what these two men did.
“Inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Memorial here in Washington are these words: ‘It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived. ‘And today we remember David and Jeff for their lives — their lives that were in service to others, their lives that served Topeka.’”