Respect mixed with sadness
About 500 volunteers came out for the funerals of Topeka police officers Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly, who died in the line of duty. Flags were provided by local American Legion posts. This was my first time to stand. It was an honor to be a part of this outpouring of respect for our fallen officers.
Newspaper coverage of these events
- 2 Topeka polic officers killed in a shooting on Sunday evening
- Hundreds of people line officers' funeral processions with American flags
- Motorcade takes two slain officers to the ExpoCentre
- Topeka Fraternal Police thank the community for their support
Topeka Capital-Journal, January 1, 2013, Letter-to-the-Editor—
“I am writing on behalf of the men and women of the Topeka Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 to express our deep appreciation for the sympathy that has been shown to the families of our fallen brothers, Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly.
“There are no words adequate enough to say thank you to everyone who has expressed their sympathy during the loss of our brothers. The families' lives have been changed forever because of a senseless and tragic act of violence. The prayers, sympathy cards, food, flowers, holding of signs, flags, monetary donations to a memorial fund and kind expressions will help the families cope with the challenges life brings. The kindness the community has shown will help the families during the coming days, weeks, and months and years ahead, and during a moment of sorrow a cherished memory will console the families.
“You also have had an impact on the law enforcement community. We are fortunate to be policing in a community where there is a type of caring that you have demonstrated. It makes a demanding job a little easier to do knowing this community truly appreciates the sacrifice our brothers made for it.
“David and Jeff served the community with honor, dedication, pride and a duty to protect its citizens. We will never forget these fine men nor will we forget the support the community has shown their families.
“We cannot thank you enough.”
PRESIDENT, TOPEKA FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE LODGE NO 3, TOPEKA