Bellevue dedicates street to honor fallen Kansas City officers

A fallen KCPD officer and Bellevue native was honored Thursday with his native neighborhood named in his honor.
Published: Jun. 8, 2023 at 1:49 PM CDT
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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - Thursday was a powerful and emotional afternoon on Lillian Street, where Kansas City Police Officer James Muhlbauer grew up.

Mayor Rusty Hike dedicated a street to honor the officer and his K-9, Champ, who were struck and killed Feb. 15 while on patrol in an incident that also left a pedestrian dead. The 18-year-old accused of running a red light and slamming into Muhlbauer’s cruiser is facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Muhlbauer grew up in Bellevue and graduated from Bryan High School, just south of the dedication that took place south of 48th and Harrison streets.

The section of the neighborhood now has a sign to remind people of his public service.

“When we moved in here 36 years ago, I couldn’t have imagined something like this happening and seeing his name up there forever,” said James Muhlbauer, James’ father. “It’s truly incredible. There are so many more people here than I would have imagined.”

A number of K9s and their handlers also came to honor Officer Muhlbauer and Champ.

Watch Thursday’s dedication ceremony

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