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Deanna Rose, fallen officer, remembered at the farmstead bearing her name

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Most people recognize the name Deanna Rose as being affixed to an area attraction for families, but it also honors an officer who gave her life in the line of duty.

Rose is among the fallen officers honored on Wednesday, which was National Peace Officer Memorial Day. After Rose's death in 1985, the site, which depicts a turn-of-the-century farm, was renamed the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.

"She would have been tickled. She was a big animal person," said Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass, who was a lieutenant when the 26-year-old officer was killed. "A place that bears her name with animals and kids would have thrilled her."

Rose, who joined the Overland Park Police Department just two years before her death, was working the midnight shift when she attempted to pull over a drunk driver.

"She was never afraid of anything. She would take on any kind of job," Douglass recalled.

The 19-year-old drunk driver resisted arrested. As she sought to put him in handcuffs, he pushed her down and ran to his vehicle to get away.

Rose leaned through the window to turn off the ignition, but he managed to pull away, pulling her underneath the vehicle's wheels. She died two days later from her injuries.

"She had this vibrant, happy personality," Douglass said. "I can't think of a time she wasn't happy and vibrant."

Rose was the only officer killed in the line of duty for the Overland Park Police Department.

Many of those who come to the farmstead don't know of Rose's sacrifice. A bus driver shared Rose's store on a recent school field trip.

Teacher Laura Benneka was touched by the knowledge.

"I would hope that some people would stop for a moment and read the literature there and (learn about) what a remarkable young woman she was that was taken from us too soon," Douglass said.

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