Updated: Jan 20
Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend, right, presents a U.S. flag that was draped over Sgt. Stacy Murrow's coffin to family members during graveside services on Wednesday, Jan. 5. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)
MOUND CITY – Law enforcement officers from all over eastern Kansas and beyond paid homage to a fallen Linn County deputy on Wednesday. Those attending services for Sgt. Stacy Murrow filled to capacity the 400-seat First Baptist Church of Mound City.
Murrow, a 22-year veteran of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, died on Dec. 27 at a hospital in Pittsburg of complications from an illness. She served under four sheriffs beginning with Marvin Stites, Barry Walker, Paul Filla, and most currently, Kevin Friend.
With light bars blazing, dozens of cars from law enforcement agencies joined cars of local city police, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and Linn County Sheriff’s deputies in the procession. Those cars and vehicles carrying friends and county employees stretched the procession up to nearly three miles at times as it proceeded from Mound City to the Sunny Slope Cemetery on a hill overlooking Blue Mound.
Despite breezy and cold weather conditions, the ceremony at the cemetery was fitting for a fallen officer. More than 200 people braved the cold to say goodbye to a friend, coworker and community servant.
A color guard from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office stood at attention as the crowd gathered and throughout the ceremony. A drum and bagpipe quartet from the Kansas City, Kan., police department played “Amazing Grace,” seven riflemen from several agencies gave a 21-gun salute, and a helicopter flew over the cemetery before a bugler played “Taps.”
Perhaps the emotional moments came when a dispatch call for a fallen officer was broadcast over a loudspeaker, assuring Murrow that her family would be cared for and her service not forgotten. And finally, her coworkers filed past the casket, each placing a blue rose on the top.