The candlelight vigil for Brad Lancaster, the detective killed in the line of duty on Monday, was coming to a close when someone small did something big. His oldest daughter got up, clutching her candle, and went to light the candles of other people in the crowd. That is the legacy so many speak of and reflects the oath he took.
Detective Brad Lancaster's daughter lights others’ candles in the crowd during a candlelight vigil for him on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
"To protect and serve and Brad did that to the very, very end," said Amber Thomas with KCK Police.
Hundreds gathered in front of City Hall on Tuesday for the public symbol of honor and remembrance. "It's a very harsh reminder of the commitment that our officers make," Unified Government Commissioner Ann Murguia said. "It shouldn't take a tragedy for us to appreciate our law enforcement."
It's a tragedy that resonates with first responders all over the metro and their loved ones as well. Kelly Matz is the wife of a KCK firefighter and says they never expect that call.
"No. Ummm, I don't think you ever think it's going to be your husband or your family member. So no, you can never prepare for it," Matz said.
A funeral for Brad Lancaster will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at Children's Mercy Park. Additionally, Price Chopper is accepting donations for his family at all 51 area locations until May 18.
Dia Wall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.