UPDATE: Friday night’s “Parade of Blue” has been postponed to Saturday night due to a severe weather threat.
A “Parade of Blue” has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, postponed due to severe weather on Friday. It will conclude with a candlelight vigil, according to Lenexa police spokesman Danny Chavez.
A parade of first responders will drive from Shamrock Trading Corporation in Overland Park to Harmon Park in Prairie Village where the vigil will be held around 9 p.m.
Chavez said the public is invited to display blue colors at their homes and businesses and watch the parade from sidewalks. See the parade route above.
A visitation for the 29-year-old will then take place from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, and a memorial service will take place on at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Both events will be held at the Westside Family Church in Lenexa.
Sunday morning, 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.
Oswald was a four-year veteran of the Fairway Police Department and also served with the Buckner, Missouri, Police Department. But he’s also remembered as a husband, father of two young children and an active member in his community.
According to the Lenexa Police Department, through at least the end of the week, Fairway officers will not be responding to calls. Neighboring departments will be answering their calls for service, including the Johnson County Sherriff’s Department.
Until his funeral, officers from across the area are rotating to stand watch over his body 24 hours a day at Amos Funeral Home in Shawnee.
If you wish to donate to the Oswald family, you can donate here.
Kansas City-area Price Chopper locations are also taking donations from Aug. 9 through Aug. 22, and all proceeds collected will go toward the family.