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Children of 2 KCK officers killed in line of duty light Mayor's Christmas Tree

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The children of two KCK law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year will get a special honor Friday night in the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree. (File) The children of two KCK law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year will get a special honor Friday night in the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree. (File)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

The children of two KCK law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year will get a special honor Friday night in the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree.

They will be flipping the switch to honor the sacrifice their dads made and the service of all law enforcement. Between the two officers, there are ten kids and step kids. So the city had a special switch made this year that all can hold and pull down together.

"All of us who have experienced loss and grief know that the holidays are hard. And we want to just let the families know that they are still in our hearts and our thoughts and prayers," Mayor Mark Holland said.

Detective Brad Lancaster was shot and killed in May when he approached a man by the Kansas Speedway about suspicious behavior. His alleged killer was caught and awaiting trial.

Only a few months passed before the Kansas City, KS Police Department lost another of their own.

Capt. Dave Melton was killed in July while trying to stop a man suspected in a drive-by shooting at an apartment complex in the central part of the city. The alleged shooter fired into Melton's patrol car, killing him before he even got out. His alleged killer is also in jail awaiting trial.

Last year, the honors went to another law enforcement family connected to another shooting. Wyandotte County deputy Scott Wood survived being shot seven times during a convenience store robbery. The men who shot him were sentenced this year to life in prison.

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