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Hero Down: Wichita Police Department Officer Daniel Gumm Succumbs To Cancer

Wichita, KS – Wichita Police Department (WPD) Officer Daniel Gumm died on Nov. 2 after a battle against cancer.

Officer Gumm was recently diagnosed with metastatic esophageal cancer that spread to his liver, KAKE reported.

The WPD confirmed the veteran officer’s tragic death in a press release on Nov. 3.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, friend and mentor Officer Daniel Gumm #2146,” the department said. “Officer Gumm passed last night after a hard-fought battle with cancer.”

Officer Gumm served in the U.S. Army prior to beginning his career in law enforcement.

He joined the WPD in 2004, and spent the next 18 years serving his community as an officer, K9 handler, trainer, and judge.

“Throughout his career of service, he routinely devoted his time to helping his colleagues succeed – and making his community a safer place,” the WPD said.

Officer Gumm leaves behind his wife, three children, and his four-legged partner, K9 Bane.

The WPD said it is comforting to know the beloved officer has been reunited with his former partner, K9 Rooster, who was killed in the line of duty in 2017.

“Our heartfelt condolences are with the family of Officer Gumm today,” the WPD said. “Officer Gumm, you will be greatly missed by your brothers and sisters at the Wichita Police Department. Rest easy, #294 – we have the watch from here.”

Officer Gumm was laid to rest on Nov. 8, the WPD said in a follow-up Facebook post.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Wichita Police Department Officer Daniel Gumm, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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