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Lansing Correctional Facility to honor slain officers at service

May 4, 2006

Lansing Correctional Facility this week will honor the seven corrections workers who have died in service since the prison began accepting inmates in 1868.

The annual memorial service for staff killed in the line of duty will be at 1 p.m. today, May 4, at the east end of the prison's Administration Building.

On Friday, May 5, the state will pay tribute to all Kansas law enforcers who have died in the line of duty during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Topeka.

The seven slain Lansing workers to be honored Tuesday are:

¢ William Owens, a corrections officer who died Oct. 6, 1905, after being assaulted by an inmate in an escape attempt.

¢ David Burns, a parole officer/record clerk who died Dec. 15, 1923, after being shot while returning an escaped convict back to Lansing.

¢ Henry Kenaga, a corrections officer who died June 21, 1954, after being shot during an inmate uprising.

¢ Donald Martin, a corrections officer who died Aug. 19, 1978, after being attacked and fatally beaten by an inmate during a hostage incident.

¢ Burch Slote, a food service supervisor who died July 6, 1980.

¢ Robert Hurd, a corrections lieutenant who died Oct. 11, 1981, after being stabbed by an inmate.

¢ Mark Avery, a corrections officer who died May 23, 1993, after being attacked in a recreation hall uprising.

The 24th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be conducted Friday, May 5, on the northeast grounds of the Kansas Statehouse at the site of the newly restored law enforcement monument. The rededication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. to be followed by the annual memorial service. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., a list of all officer's whose names are engraved on the monument will be read by a group of Topeka television newscasters. This year's ceremony will be followed by a law enforcement parade through downtown Topeka

The 11th annual candlelight vigil will be held by the Topeka Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary on the south steps of the Statehouse at 8 p.m. today, May 4.

Two law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since April 2005 will be honored this year, in addition to nine officers identified through historical research.

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