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Wyandotte County sheriff deputy loses control on ice, dies

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A Wyandotte County Sheriff's deputy was killed and his passenger injured when he lost control on ice late Friday night.

Neither Major Randy Edward Beery, 36, nor his passenger, Katrina Ashley Kobe, 26, were wearing their seatbelts, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Beery died at the scene while Kobe was taken to KU Medical Center for treatment.

Kobe was seriously injured, but will survive.

Beery was driving a 2006 Crown Victoria that was taken to Troop A's headquarters. The vehicle was Beery's county take-home vehicle, but he was not on duty when the crash occurred.

It was the worst kind of call for law enforcement to respond to after one of their own was own killed.

According to state troopers, Beery was driving south on Shawnee Drive just north of County Line Road when he hit "an area of packed snow on the roadway." Beery lost control, the vehicle went off on the right side of the road where it hit a tree and landed in a yard.

It was a blow to that department, losing not just a colleague, but a friend.

Beery worked for the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He was promoted to major two years ago. He had previously worked at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and KCK Fire Department.

"I walked past his office last night, and I could hardly stand it," Lt. Kelli Bailiff said.

Bailiff is used to late night calls sending her to tragic scenes, but Friday night's call was different. The victim was her good friend and daily lunch buddy.

"He was truly my close friend, my colleague that I worked with every day. There is a gaping hole, and I don't know how long it will take to fill it, if ever," she said.

And the Sheriff's Office is not alone.

Beery also served as board president for the Turner School District. His fellow members say he will be deeply missed. He was remembered for his dry sense of humor and good heart.

Now, friends are honoring his life with a memorial growing at the tree where he died.

Beery's aunt said he was a jewel, dedicated to education and his family. He is survived by his wife and four children ranging in age from middle school to toddler age, which his sheriff's family is promising to help.

"Last night as soon as we rolled back into the station, we were there and officers were immediately pulling money out of their pocket. I mean, you don't even have to say the word, they're just throwing it on the table," Bailiff said. "And in the coming months and weeks, as that empty chair is left there at our lunch table, we'll mourn."

According to state troopers, alcohol and speeding do not appear to be factors in the crash.

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