Thursday, September 22, 2011

Celebrating the life of a fallen officer

Kansas City Police are mourning the loss of one of our own today. This brave officer did not lose her life after a battle with a gun; she lost it after a battle with breast cancer. Master Patrol Officer Diane Engebretson passed away early yesterday, Sept. 21. She was 51 years old and had served as a patrol officer for her entire 23 years on the police department. She was assigned to the over-night shift at North Patrol Division at the time of her death.

We will celebrate Officer Engebretson’s life in many ways, one of which is to help find a cure for the disease that took her from us. Kansas City Police are participating in the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 29 at Liberty Memorial. This event raises money for the American Cancer Society, which uses the funds to do everything from transporting those suffering from breast cancer to and from treatment to researching innovative drugs and therapies. You can help by donating to the KCPD Team, “Walking the Beat for Breast Cancer,” by searching for our team name here.

The walk is just one small thing we can do to honor Officer Engebretson for all the dedicated service she has given this police department and the people of Kansas City.

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