Kansas to memorialize 10 fallen officers

Ten Kansas roadways — including a highway near Sedgwick County — will soon be dedicated to fallen law enforcement officers.

The designations come after SB 375 was passed earlier this year, declaring the memorials for nine Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and a Johnson County deputy who were killed in the line of duty.

The closest memorial to Wichita — a stretch of U.S. 81 from U.S. 166 north to the Sedgwick County line — will be renamed for Trooper James D. Thornton, who was killed in 1973.

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