Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James Anthony Kerstetter

Elyria Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, March 15, 2010

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Reflections for Sergeant James Anthony Kerstetter

Having attended your funeral today, I want you to know that the fantastic tribute to you put on by your family, the Elyria Police Department, and the citizen's of Elyria, will stay with me forever. Your beautiful and brave daughters spoke beautifully, and there was not a dry eye anywhere. Each and every speaker reinforced the fact that God has taken one of the great ones home. Elyria and Lorain County was lucky to have had you. All of law enforcement will miss you. Rest in Peace.

Anonymous

March 20, 2010

To the family,friends and fellow officers of Officer Kerstetter i'm so truly sorry for you loss. May god comfort you thru this terrible time! Alway's know that you are not alone thru this struggle so many people are thinking and praying for you!

Officers Wife
Toledo

March 20, 2010

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Patrolman James Kerstetter and to the entire Elyria Police Dept. Thank you for your years of honorable service, dedication, and ultimate sacrifice to your community.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

March 20, 2010

Thank you for your service and dedication. You will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace Brother.

Ofc. Scott Lundegren
Yarmouth Police Department, MA

March 20, 2010

REST IN PEACE, BROTHER
PROVINCIAL CONSTABLE MARTY LALONDE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

PROVINCIAL CONSTABLE MARTY LALONDE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

March 20, 2010

Officer Kerstetter, thank you for your selfless service. You have given us your all... how can we ever repay you?

My prayers and tears are with your family, friends, neighbors, and mostly all your Police brothers and sisters. May God be with you all.

Timothy Reise
Nashville, TN (neighborhood watch director; cousin of Chicago Officer)

March 20, 2010

My heart is broken.........that's all I can say. I am so sad.........

AZ Narc

March 20, 2010

Rest in peace brother, you are a hero and will not beforgotten by the thin blue line. You have served your community and country well.

ofc. charles robson (ret)
ORMOND BEACH POLICE DEPT.

March 19, 2010

Jimmy - what I wouldn't give to see you right now and tell you thank you for all you have done. We hadn't seen each other in years but today, it feels like only yesterday. What a brave person you were. Rest in peace my friend and may god watch over your family forever.

Rhonda
High School Friend

March 19, 2010

So sorry to hear of yet another Officer Down, another Father, another Husband. Though most Americans go unaware of such losses, each one is such a great loss to America.
My thoughts and Prayers are with your family, friends and agency.

Ken Hamilton
STMUPD/ CCSO reserve

March 19, 2010

I am very sorry for the loss you have experienced. Please know that even down here in FL, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong.

Senior Deputy Greg Suchy
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, FL

March 19, 2010

When we hired James Kerstetter 15 years ago he came highly recommended from his previous agencies Grafton P.D. and Lorain County S.O. We knew he was going to be an excellent officer and he was. A great disposition, even tempered, with a great zest for police work - he was a truly a dedicated police officer. He will be greatly missed by the department, his family and the Elyria community.

Capt. Thomas C. Bowen(Ret.)
Elyria Police Department

March 19, 2010

I pray for you family, dear children may you visit God as Job did during this terrible time.

Srt Brother
N.C Sheriff Office

March 19, 2010

Being on duty and hearing the news that James Kerstetter had been killed in the line of duty marked a day in my life that I shall never forget. Having him as an instructor in the police academy and later at OPOTA was truly a privilege. His professionalism, confidence, knowledge, patience, kindness and humor left a mark on me that I am grateful to say shall never fade. Seeing the huge outpouring of grief and sadness from the community is truly a fitting testament to the kind of life this man led and the caliber of job he did. Just spending any amount of time with Patrolman Kerstetter made you want to be the best police officer you could be. I shall never be able shuffle-steer a patrol car to a hot call again without hearing his voice chiding me to "GET your pinky fingers OFF that steering wheel!" I shall forever be grateful for having known you.
Rest peacefully Patrolman. We have the watch.

Patrolman
Cleveland Area City PD

March 19, 2010

We put on our uniform every day knowing that we might be required to make the ultimate sacrifice. Yet we do this without reservation. May God watch over your wife and girls as I know you will. Rest in peace brother.

Patrolman

March 19, 2010

You are an inspiration and a hero. The outpouring of support for you and yours is a testament to the incredible officer, father, husband, and human being you were. Rest in piece brother, we will take the watch from here.

A. Jones
Hiram, OH

March 18, 2010

Thank you for your sacrifice. I do believe (even from above) you will have a lifelong positive impact on your kids!!!

Anonymous

March 18, 2010

Rest in peace, brother. May God be with the family of Patrolman Kerstetter during this time of mourning. We've got the watch from here.

BL Mitchell, Patrol
FCPD, VA

March 18, 2010

May you rest in peace. We have the watch from here James. You are a hero!

Aux. 43
SouthEast Suburb PD

March 18, 2010

A chill went through my heart today when I heard a recording of your calls for help. Thank you for your service and my thoughts goes out to your family and friends. Rest in Peace

SA
DEA

March 18, 2010

My sincere condolences go out to the family of this heroic and unselfish officer. May God grant him eternal rest.

Sgt. Bob Walsh/Clayton, Mo. P.D. (Retire

March 18, 2010

I recently came across this disturbing news and it brought me back to 5 years ago when I was told that my brother, who was also a police officer had been shot and killed. When I look at the age of his young children I am reminded of my nephew and nieces and can't help but feel a deep sadness for them and their mother. How tragic that this has to happen to the officers that ARE doing the right thing and trying to help those that need it the most. My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the Kerstetter family. May God be with you and may the family of the department truly treat you with the utmost respect that you deserve for giving up the one you love in the line of duty.
we truly miss our big brother and will never forget how he has changed so many lives.
Sister of Fallen officer
Christopher L. Ruse December 29, 2004

Anonymous

March 18, 2010

Rest in peace....

Patrolman
Pennsylvania

March 18, 2010

On behalf of the men and women of the Camillus Police Department, our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Patrolman James Kerstetter. Rest in Peace Brother, We now have the Watch.

PBA
Town of Camillus Police Department, Central New York

March 18, 2010

A POLICE OFFICERS BADGE PROUDLY WORN .....
A HERO AND FRIEND PROUDLY SWORN...
HIS LIGHT IN THE WORLD, NOW STOLEN AWAY...
DEEP FELT SORROW WILL GO ON FROM THAT DAY...
ALL WHO KNEW HIM, TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY...
FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO MUST FIND A WAY.
TO MOVE PAST THE HORROR, THE LOSS, AND THE FEARS,
PUSH PAST THE PAIN AND STINGING TEARS
REMEMBER THE HUSBAND, THE FATHER AND SON...
REMEMBER THE SMILE HE GAVE EVERYONE
A COMRADE, PROTECTOR, TRUE BROTHER IN BLUE,
HONORABLE, LOVING, STRONG AND TRUE,
NOW GUARDING THE HEAVENS, EPD 177
Christine Halvorsen /EPD Wife

200
EPD

March 18, 2010

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