Flags to fly at half-staff to mark Leavenworth County deputy’s death

    Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly directed U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of Leavenworth County Deputy Corporal Daniel Abramovitz. who was killed Oct. 30 in a traffic accident. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)
    Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly directed U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of Leavenworth County Deputy Corporal Daniel Abramovitz. who was killed Oct. 30 in a traffic accident. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

    TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order directing U.S. flags across Kansas be flown at half-staff Thursday until sunset in honor of a Leavenworth County deputy who died in a vehicle crash.

    Deputy Corporal Daniel Abramovitz, 60, served in the sheriff’s office in Leavenworth County for 26 years. He died at the scene of an accident Oct. 30 in which his unmarked vehicle collided with a school bus north of Tonganoxie.

    “I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues at the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office,” the governor said. “On behalf of the state of Kansas, we are grateful for the ultimate sacrifice Deputy Abramovitz has made for his community and the state.”

    The Kansas Highway Patrol reported the driver of the bus failed to yield and Abramovitz’s vehicle struck the passenger side of the bus. The driver was treated for injuries at a hospital and the lone student passenger on the bus had minor injuries.

    Abramovitz planned to retire from the sheriff’s department in March. He was survived by his wife and three adult children.

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    Tim Carpenter
    Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.