Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Steven Michael Jerman

Kane Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1999

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Reflections for Patrolman Steven Michael Jerman

I had the pleasure to meet and know Steve for two very short weeks. He attended D.A.R.E. Officer Training with me in Bloomsburg, PA. He was a very sincere person who showed his compassion and warm personality. He was always friendly and willing to speak to anyone. He had a very genuine smile and great sense of humor. He is sadly missed. He was, as stated by other reflections here, very dedicated to his family. When I learned of his death, that was the first thing I remembered about him. The way he always talked good about his wife and kids. I admired this about him. When I imagine what kind of police officer would make a great D.A.R.E. Instructor, I can't help but think of Steve. To know that he was killed by a drunken 18 year old is not easy to handle. You did a great job buddy and my heart goes out to all of your students and most importantly, your family.

Officer Diane C. Stuber
Ephrata Township Police Department, PA

Officer Jerman is not only a loss to his family, friends, the people of Kane and it's police department, he is a loss to the law enforcement communities of Pennsylvania and the entire world. I've been to the nice community of Kane on hunting trips and you would ask "how could something like this happen here?" Well it's sad to say that this cowardly "murder" of Officer Jerman proves that it can and does. Rest my brother for your work is done.

Chief Steve Mandish
Industry Police Department, PA

I also teach D.A.R.E. and can only imagine how many young minds were touched by your show of caring. I am deeply saddened by such a loss. I know you will serve well in your new surroundings and I know you have a classroom of students. Teach them well, because all of us hope to be with you when it is our time. To lose a fellow Officer is such a tragedy and I know the young people whom you have taught are better for the gifts you gave them.

Anonymous

Steve gave his heart and soul to police services. His family was first in his heart but his community was his family also. He watched for them on his mids whether they realized it or not. His concern was for all members of the community especially our youth. He will be sorely missed.

Dispatcher Glenda Buonanducci
Elk & McKean County 911 Centers

Once again we are reminded that the size of a town does not guarantee the safety of any police officer. I am thankful for police officers like Officer Jerman who serve in our communities - regardless of it's size. Officer Jerman's loss will certainly be felt by many. Let's not forget him. Let's be grateful for men and women like Officer Jerman who are willing to do their job in spite of the risk they face. May God give his family the grace and the strength to survive this great tragedy. And may God give all of his fellow law enforcement officers the courage to stand up against crime wherever they serve.

Chaplain Dave Underwood
Allegheny Township Police Department

It saddens me to see another brother leave us. We have all worked so hard to make the world such a better and safer place for our friends, families, community members, and strangers whom we will never meet. I, like yourself, teach D.A.R.E. with the hopes to make a change. Although I never met you, I feel the pain of another loss. You are in Gods hands now where there is no more violence. Teach the angels well my dear brother for someday we will all be with you. Peace be with you and may god watch over your family.

Cpl. Salvatore A. Torelli
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, VA

Sadly missed by Elk Co. 911. We only knew you a short time, but the memories with which you left us will always remain. We'll never forget your voice, your sense of humor, nor your thoughtfulness, compassion and unflagging professionalism. You always got the bad guy...even as you lay dying. We're proud of you, Jerman, and we will never forget you. Patrol the heavens for us, dear friend, and may God keep you safe.

Dispatcher Antonella Chirillo
Elk County 911

You will never be forgotten. Your quick comebacks and jokes, your love for your family, your kind ways and words. You made us laugh. You made us all think. You are a hero and your memory will live forever. God bless you for giving your all to serve your town. It was an honor to have you as a neighbor and to know you. This little town won't ever be the same.
Your candle burned out way before your legend ever will.

Thank you and we salute you.

Wendy, Leroy and Brandon

Steve, Even though we never met, we will always be brothers. I travel through Kane at least twice a year to go to my family's cabin in McKean County PA. Each time I drive by your memorial I stop and say a prayer for you and your family. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice. Someday we'll "walk the beat" together.

Your "brother",

Ed

Detective E. Simoni
Kettering Ohio

When I first got out of the Academy I was assigned to McKean County. I moved to the town of Kane and set up residnece. I met my wife and my oldest daughter was born there. During my three year stay I had the privlege of working with Steve. He was a good man and a fine police officer. I often sought his advice when working alone. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. He was respected and never underestimated. His funeral and memorial service will stay with me forever. I often think of him and his family and hope he is always remembered.

Tpr. Jim Adams
Pennsylvania State Police

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