Who was Deanna Rose?

Officer Deanna Sue RoseThe Children's Farmstead was renamed in 1985 to honor Deanna Sue Rose, an Overland Park police officer killed in the line of duty.

In January, 1985, Deanna was injured when a suspect she was trying to arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated knocked her to the ground and ran her over. She died two days later from her injuries.

Officer Rose is the only Overland Park police officer, and the first woman officer in the State of Kansas, to die in the line of duty. She received an award for valor posthumously from the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police.

Prior to working for Overland Park, Officer Rose graduated Cum Laude from Wichita State University in criminal justice and was a member of the San Diego County Sheriff's Office.

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead serves as a permanent and living reminder of Officer Rose's love for animals and her zest for life.