Mayor Alvey Remembers KCK Heroes During Candlelight Vigil

Mayor Alvey's remarks from the June 17 Candlelight Vigil held for slain Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer provided by the Unified Government:

“We gather tonight to remember two of our fallen heroes, Deputy Theresa “TK” King, and Deputy Patrick Rohrer.

We come together to express our thanks to them and to their families for giving their very lives to protect each one of us.

We come together to comfort and to console the families of Patrick and Theresa, to comfort and to console their fellow law enforcement officers, to comfort and to console all those who knew them, and who now must go on without them.

We all know that our words of comfort and consolation cannot replace the sound of their voices, the smiles on their faces, the touch of their hands. Our words seem powerless, our hugs seem small, and even our tears for Patrick and Theresa and for one another do not fully express just how sad we feel and how deeply we care.

But God our Father knows what is moving in our hearts, Our Father knows that we would move heaven and earth to make this all right, Our Father knows how deeply and powerfully we desire to bring to one another the goodness that each one of us hungers for at this very moment.

God our Father knows what is moving in our hearts because it is his Own spirit that moves. In the very depths of our souls the Holy Spirit is moving us to reach out to one another with simple, kind words, the Holy Spirit is moving us to reach out to one another with simple, kind embraces, the Holy Spirit is blessing our tears to transform them into waters of a recreation.

We are here tonight because we hunger for goodness and justice, and we hunger for goodness and justice because God our Father desires it for us.

He is quite aware, even more so than we are, that we do not have within us the power to make everything whole again, and so He gathers up all that we feel and desire and hunger for and he multiplies our words and our embraces and our tears and he fulfills our desires.

And so, this evening, we make an offering of all of our gestures to one another, and we ask our God to bless them, and to multiply them, so that through the power of God we all may be filled. It is God’s will, and it will be done.”
 

David Alvey
Mayor/CEO Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas