KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Memorial services for Kansas City, Kansas Police Captain Dave Melton are planned for Saturday morning at 9 at Children’s Mercy Park.
“He very much was by the book and had a plan for everything, you give him something he’d run with it, and have it done way before hand that’s just the type of man he was,” Officer Amber Thomas said.
So when his department had to plan their first memorial service and processional for an officer killed in the line of duty in 18 years in May for Detective Brad Lancaster, they turned to Melton.
Melton was killed Tuesday as he tried to apprehend a suspect in a drive-by shooting.
For the second time in two months Kansas City, Kansas Police will have to plan a funeral, this time without Melton there to iron out every detail, though his presence has certainly been felt.
“He actually was the one who created our book and our guideline to go through for Detective Lancaster’s funeral, so that in turn helped us with his funeral,” Thomas said.
One of the big changes this time around, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team will play a match that’s expected to end less than 11 hours before the funeral begins.
It will take a giant effort from Children's Mercy Park staff and Unified Government of Wyandotte County employees to set the stage for the service.
“Usually they do it over a few day process and this has to be done over night, so they will be there around the clock helping us get everything set up and ready to go.”
Approximately 100 officers from around the Metro are expected to cover KCKPD shifts over the weekend so they can attend services.
As many as 500 officers from around the nation are expected to take part in the processional to Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery where Melton will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
Members of the public wishing to visit the gravesite are asked to do so after 4 p.m.
A couple of walks and races are also planned over at Kansas Speedway Saturday morning. Staff there said they didn’t anticipate any conflicts.
Major roads expected to be affected by the processional include State Avenue, Parallel Parkway and US 73 N.