Friday, May 6, 2011

Last fallen officer to be honored on Trail of Heroes on Monday

On May 9, 2001, Officer Craig Schultz responded to a roll-over crash on I-29 and was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 36 years old, an 11-year veteran of the police department and left behind a wife and two young daughters. His was the 119th and most recent line-of-duty death for a Kansas City Missouri Police officer.

On Monday, the 10th anniversary of his death, his family, colleagues and friends will pay tribute to Officer Schultz at the Trail of Heroes on the campus of the Shoal Creek Patrol Division and Police Academy. A bench will be dedicated in his honor near the head of the trail. It will be both solemn and celebratory: solemn in marking a life that was cut far too short and grieving the decade that he wasn't with his family or colleagues; but celebratory in marking a life well-lived and marking that no other KCPD officer has died in the line of duty for 10 years, the longest time period in the history of the department. We fervently pray that it will never happen again.

Go to for more information about where the trail is and who it honors. Then go visit it in person.

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