Overland Park PD to honor Deanna Rose

Deanna-Rose-Farmstead-tribute-225x300This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of Overland Park Police Officer Deanna Rose.

At noon today, Friday, May 15, members of the Overland Park Police Department will conduct a ceremony placing a wreath at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in her honor. Police and city officials will also pay tribute to police officers across the country who have died in the line of duty protecting their communities.

Officer Rose is the only Overland Park officer ever killed in the line of duty. She was killed by an intoxicated driver.

The Farmstead was renamed in her honor. It serves as a permanent and living reminder of Officer Rose’s love of animals and zest for life.

“Officers in Overland Park and across the country put their lives on the line everyday to protect their communities. This ceremony is our way to honor Officer Rose for her ultimate sacrifice in 1985,” Police Chief Frank Donchez said. “As we remember and honor Officer Rose this week, we also grieve with other agencies across the country that have lost officers tragically during the past year.”

This year, the names of more than 270 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. National Police week concludes May 16. Everyone is asked to fly their U.S. flag at half staff in tribute to the fallen officers.

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