KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A unified salute and the hum of the pipes marked the start of the service. Kansas City Kansas police officers filed into Children’s Mercy Park, marching to the sound of the snare.
KCK Police Chief Zeigler took a second and a sharp breath before he shared a powerful moment.
“When Detective Brad Lancaster was murdered on May 9, 2016, I reached out to Captain Melton the next morning.” The chief asked Melton to create a how-to manual for a fallen officer's funeral.
“So we would have a playbook for future leaders of our department to follow in the event there was another tragic loss of an officer,” Zeigler said.
Captain Melton finished the funeral manual just two weeks ago.
Zeigler said, “It was with a heavy heart that we pulled the manual off the shelf to guide us through the process of honoring its author, Captain Robert Dave Melton.”
John and Larry Melton shared stories about their brother.
“David told me one day he could fix anything with duct tape and radiator hose clamps,” John said. He fought through tears saying, “I wish I could find the duct tape and radiator hose clamp to fix this tragedy.”
The department is still aching from a similar funeral two months back, but today said goodbye and thank you to another. John Melton said, “Rest in peace Captain, father, brother, uncle, companion, friend, Robert David Melton.”