The shooting death of Cincinnati police officer Sonny Kim has prompted greater community support for law enforcement. Kim's death has also inspired the creation of a special badge by retired officers who wish to honor his sacrifice.
There are scores of badges on display at the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum, but when the retired officers who worked there found out that a special badge was being made to help them honor a fallen officer they were deeply moved.
“It represents the feelings we have for the Kim family,” said Rick Cohen, a museum volunteer and retired Cincinnati police officer who knew Officer Kim.
Cohen said the badge, a purple and black ribbon behind a black onyx stone, carries a lot of meaning for the retired officers who wear it.
“We don't wear our badges anymore so we needed something to represent us,” said Cohen.
Retired Cincinnati Detective Dic Gross said it's a great symbol.
“This is something the retired people can do to support the active police officers in honor of Officer Kim,” said Gross.
Support for the Kim family has come in from every state in the country. George Pille with Fraternal Order of Police local 69 said a large turnout is expected for the visitation Thursday afternoon at the Cintas Center and Friday for the fallen officer's funeral.
The procession will leave the Cintas Center and travel North along Montgomery Road. However burial services at Gate of Heaven Cemetery are open only to family and invited guests.
The viewing and funeral are open to the public, but anyone who is not able to attend is urged to stand along the procession route to pay their last respects to Officer Sonny Kim.