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KCK police receiving help to attend funeral for Captain Dave Melton

Posted at 7:45 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 20:45:45-04

Police officers from across Kansas will be helping to patrol the streets of Kansas City, Kansas, during Capt. Robert  "Dave" Melton's funeral on Saturday.

Police from Mission, Prairie Village, Topeka, Lawrence and other cities throughout Kansas will be on patrol so KCK police officers can attend Melton's funeral.

Melton was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday. 

Prairie Village Police Officer Noelle Burns quickly volunteered when KCK police asked for help.

"Once I find something has happened, I want to be there, I want to do something. I wish I was at the call to help, you know, so the aftermath of being able to help to do whatever we can to help it, it takes away that helpless feeling," said Burns.

In Mission, Kansas, Police Capt. Kirk Lane said that when he put out the call for officers to patrol in KCK during the funeral, the response was instant.

"Officers were telling me they wanted to help all the way up the line to city administration, people responded," Lane said.

Some police officers from Missouri also wanted to help, but because of state laws, they cannot patrol in Kansas.
Instead, those police officers from Missouri will attend Melton's funeral to show their support.  

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