LENEXA, Kan. — Fallen Fairway Police Officer Jonah Oswald was remembered during a funeral on Monday after he died in the line of duty.
It was an emotional goodbye. Family and friends say the 29-year-old Army veteran and officer said he loved serving and was committed to protecting the community until the very end.
“This is a career and a calling for those who are willing to stand in harms way to serve those who cannot defend themselves — and that was Jonah,” Garden City Police Chaplain Nathan Sheridan said.
Oswald had been a Fairway officer for just four years, but he leaves behind a legacy of leadership, respect and honor that won’t be forgotten.
“He was an amazing officer. He was bright, he was funny, and most of all, he was brave,” Fairway Police Chief JP Thurlo said. “When a call came out, he was always the first one at the door.”
Oswald leaves behind a wife and two young children.
“Jonah was a committed husband and provider, a loving and honorable father, an invaluable friend, and he was my brother,” Lawrence Officer Victor Buitrago said Monday.
You can watch a full replay of the service in the video player below.
The city has created a donation link for anyone who wants to help Oswald’s family.
On Aug. 6, Officer Oswald joined a pursuit of two suspects that began in Lenexa for a stolen car that struck a police car. It ended in Mission at a QuikTrip.
Gunfire was exchanged, killing one of the suspects and critically injuring Oswald. He died the next day from his injuries at the University of Kansas Health System.
Andrea Rene Cothran, 32 of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, has been charged in connection to the incident. Right now, Cothran isn’t being charged in Oswald’s death, but Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said that could change.
On Saturday evening the public held a tribute during the Parade of Blue, which saw numerous police cruisers and other first responders drive through Johnson County while respectful mourners from the community watched from the sidewalks.
FOX4 will have continuing coverage throughout Monday with live reports as the honors for Oswald continue.