Kansas Common Sense - Honoring Two Fallen Topeka Police Officers

Senator Jerry Moran
2012-12-24 16:50:29
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Kansas Common Sense
December 24, 2012



Dear Friend,

Welcome to “Kansas Common Sense.” Thank you for your continued  interest in receiving my weekly newsletter. Please feel free to forward  it on to your family and friends if it would interest them.

I’d like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. This  holiday season is a good time to reflect on the true gifts in life – our  family, faith and freedoms. We are fortunate to live in a strong and  free country, but that freedom comes with a price.

Many of our nation’s men and women are far away from their families  this holiday, risking their lives to protect our own. To our troops  serving overseas: thank you for your service and for defending our  country. I also want to thank the families of our troops for their  sacrifice. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.

During this busy holiday season, I hope all Kansans will take a  moment to reflect on the many blessings we have as Americans. From the  Moran family to your family: I send you our warmest greetings and wish  you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Legislative Update

Last  week, the Senate considered a supplemental recovery package for the  communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. This bill would provide $60.4  billion in discretionary funding to areas of need as well as mitigation  efforts to help prevent future storm damage.

"Fiscal  cliff" negotiations stalled last week between President Obama and  Speaker Boehner, but are expected to resume this week. The Senate will  resume session on Thursday until the end of the year to consider "fiscal  cliff" legislation and work toward a solution to avert the looming  crisis and tax hikes.


Honoring Two Fallen Topeka Police Officers

On Sunday, December 16, grief struck the capital of Kansas. Corporal  David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly were fatally shot Sunday evening  in Topeka while on duty. When we lose someone in a community in Kansas,  it is not just a name to us. It is somebody we see at our kids’  activities at school, somebody we go to church with, somebody we know  and care for. I reflected on their deaths this week on the Senate Floor.

David had been part of the Topeka Police Department for 21 years –  yet his service did not begin there. He had previously served his  country in the Kansas National Guard and had just recently retired.  Police Chief Ronald Miller remembered David as someone who had “spent  his life in service to his country and in the city of Topeka.” David’s  service to his community was clearly a model for others, including his  son, Brandon, who followed in his dad’s footsteps and serves the Topeka  community as a police officer today.

The second officer, Jeff, was just 29 years old and had joined the  Police Department last year. Chief Miller said Jeff was “just getting  started” in his career and had his entire life ahead of him.

Jeff grew up in the small community of Carbondale – just south of  Topeka, and graduated from Washburn University in 2009 with a degree in  law enforcement. Jeff was known by his friends for “his smile, his great  sense of humor, and his kind heart.” He left behind a 3 year old son,  Logan. 

These two men honorably served their community by faithfully carrying  out their duties. Rather than shirk from danger, police officers pledge  to face danger with courage, and that is exactly what these two men  did. We remember and express our gratitude to David and Jeff for their  service to the Topeka community and to our country. I ask all Kansans to  join me in remembering David and Jeff’s families in their thoughts and  prayers this Christmas week. May God comfort them in their time of grief  and be a source of strength for them. May He also protect all those who  continue to serve us today. Click here to watch my full remarks on the Senate Floor honoring these two heroes.


Airbus Further Donates Commitment to Wichita

This week, Airbus further demonstrated its commitment to the Wichita  aerospace community and Kansas by donating $800,000 worth of aircraft  structural parts and kits to Wichita State University’s National  Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). This generous donation will  provide students at NIAR with an invaluable opportunity to conduct  aviation research and hands-on training. The significant partnership  between WSU and Airbus builds upon Wichita’s rich aviation heritage and  fosters an environment for continued excellence and leadership within  the industry.


Congressman Tim Scott Appointed to U.S. Senate

This week, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced her decision  to appoint Representative Tim Scott (SC-1) to fill the open Senate seat  created by Sen. Jim DeMint’s departure. Rep. Scott’s appointment comes  at a time when Washington has an opportunity to address the serious  challenges our country faces. Tim’s experience as a small businessman in  the financial sector will be valuable as we work to find solutions that  put America on the right track. I look forward to working with him in  2013.


Mourning the Passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today released the following  statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). With  Sen. Inouye’s passing, our country lost an American hero, the U.S.  Senate lost an irreplaceable colleague, and the people of Hawaii lost a  tireless advocate. From the battlefields of World War II  to his 50  years of service in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Inouye was a Medal of Honor  recipient, iconic political figure and remarkable American. I had the  honor of working with Sen. Inouye on the Senate Appropriations  Committee. He epitomized the Golden Rule: love thy neighbor as thyself,  and reflected it during his entire career in the Senate. Robba and I  send our heartfelt prayers to his wife Irene, family and friends during  this trying time.


Celebrating the Life of Rex Curtis

This week, I was saddened to learn the passing of Rex Curtis. On  Saturday, I joined friends and family in celebrating Rex’s life at his  funeral service at the First United Methodist Church in Hays. Rex was  a special person and I have been honored to call him and his entire  family my friends for many years. He was a devoted husband to his wife  Marge, who passed away in June, and a loving father to their two sons,  Dr. Jeff Curtis of Hays and Dr. John Curtis of Manhattan. Following his  service in the Navy during World War II, he returned to Hays where he  served God, his community and others through many local organizations  including Boy Scouts, Hays Lions Club, First United Methodist Church of  Hays and Fort Hays State University Alumni Association. Rex will be  greatly missed. Robba and I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to  Rex’s family and friends during this difficult time.


Honored to Serve You in Washington

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