Widow Talks About Life After Kansas Deputy's Death

A Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy had been shot. "I just wanted to make sure Brian is OK," a friend on the phone told Sarah Etheridge, whose husband had been a deputy for less than a year.

Suddenly, the deputy who had driven her to the hospital poked his head into the room: "We got him!"

"Are you sure?" she asked.

She hadn't really paid much attention to the details of the search for her husband's killer.

"I was too focused on Brian and on whether he was going to be OK," she said.

But as she was leaving the hospital a short time later, she bumped into Lt. Mark Pierce, who had trained Brian at the academy and had become a good friend.

"Are you sure he's dead?" she asked him. "Are you sure it's over?"

Yes, he assured her. It was over.

As she made her way home, it began to sink in: life as she knew it was over, too.

But healing and rebirth would come in ways she never could have imagined.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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