Working for Lenexa: National tragedy spurs police officer’s career path

Lenexa police officer Hunter Tschippert stands in front of the police department’s armored vehicle during tactical unit training where he serves as a tactical team operator.

Watching the 9/11 terrorist attacks unfold on national television was the moment Hunter Tschippert decided he wanted to become a police officer. He was 5 years old.

“Being in kindergarten and seeing the second plane hit was what pushed me toward the line of work to begin with,” he said. “Since then, this is the career path I knew I wanted to go into.”

It wasn’t until Tschippert got older that he really understood what happened that day. But watching emergency responders moving toward the crisis is what made him feel called to the line of duty.