Event honors local police and firefighters who died in service to the community

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the last year, Kansas City has lost several people who died in the line of duty. On Sunday, the community gathered at Renner Elementary School to honor those who spent their lives serving us.

One week after KCK Police Detective Brad Lancaster was laid to rest, Sunday's service was about healing. In a powerful moment of silence, the community honored John Mesh, Larry Leggio, and Brad Lancaster who passed away while serving our community.

"We want to honor the life of Lancaster and every man and every woman who has put the uniform on. Every man and every woman who has that uniform is a hero and we just want to make sure to give them the honor they deserve," said Barry Young with the Independence Police Department.

Former Royals Pitcher Dennis Leonard also spoke at Sunday's service. His father served the community as a police officer in New York City.

"You see a lot of people here, and you appreciate life. Life is short," said Leonard.

The entire community was invited to a free lunch after the service. Police and fire vehicles were also on display for area families.