ATCHISON, Kan. -- Five months ago on Wednesday, an Atchison police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty. Sgt. David Enzbrenner left behind a wife and three daughters.
On Wednesday, each of them watched as the community said thank you for his sacrifice. Sgt. Enzbrenner was a 24-year veteran of the Atchison Police Department. He committed his life to the job and his fellow officers. The only thing he loved more was his family, his wife Kerri and their three girls.
Five months to day, the community gathered to remember a fallen husband, father and officer. It hasn't been easy but Kerri Enzbrenner and her girls are coping.
"Have you heard of that Blake Shelton song 'I'm Doing Good for the Shape I'm in'?" said Enzbrenner's widow, Kerri. "That kinda says it all."
She says the girls are tough thanks mostly to her husband and the four of them take it day by day.
"I think we are doing okay," she said. "We have our ups and downs, you know. It's just the age they are and a lot of times we just keep going and sometimes that's easiest and sometimes it catches up to you."
The support was evident in the crowd. Many wore special t-shirts designed by girls David used to coach in softball. Kerri says the smiling face on everyone's back makes it a little easier and shows how much he was loved.
"It says a lot," she said. "David was a man of character. It's almost like you don't realize how people feel until something like this happens, but they have showed -- community has been amazing.
Police Chief Mike Wilson says Kerri and the girls will always be part of the family.
"Yes, we were all brothers, but now we are guardians so to speak over the family and I assure you we will take care of them," said Chief Mike Wilson.
Next week is National Police Week. Enzbrenner's ceremony was held early because his family, many friends and fellow officers will be in Washington next week. May 15th is Peace Officers Memorial Day. Thousands of officers travel to Washington, D.C. each year to pay tribute to officers who died or were killed in the line of duty.