Governor Laura Kelly Honors Kansas Law Enforcement Officers


Governor Recognizes Fallen Officers Who Gave Ultimate Sacrifice

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TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly honored fallen law enforcement officers from across the state at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial reception and ceremony. Kelly recognized the families of the honored fallen officers and thanked the law enforcement officers in attendance for their dedication to keeping Kansas communities safe.

“Law enforcement officers across the state take heroic risks every day to protect and serve Kansans,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Your admirable bravery warrants our sincerest appreciation, especially to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”

Governor Kelly has ordered flags statewide remain at half-staff through sundown on May 6, 2022, to pay tribute to Kansas law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Below is the list of fallen officers who were honored at today’s ceremony and added to the Kansas Law Enforcement Monument:

  • Officer Freddie Joe Castro, Overland Park Police Department
  • Officer Kerry Dean Dick, Rossville Police Department
  • Deputy Stephen Mark Evans, Butler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Officer Theodore James Ohlemeier, Colwich Police Department
  • Deputy Stacy Annette Murrow, Linn County Sheriff’s Office
  • Special Agent James Lee David, Special Agent with the Missouri Pacific Railroad
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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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