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

Thinking of you today Officer Kerstetter, the 2nd anniversary of your death. I am so sorry you had to be taken like that. You were just doing your job; protecting a community. I pray for your family and I know you are in the blessed comfort of Heaven with our Lord Jesus. Rest in peace and thank you for your service.


March 15, 2012

Served faithfully. Sacrificed valiantly. Remembered eternally.

You will never walk alone. This we'll defend.

Sgt. Michael B. Smith
Columbus, Ohio Division of Police

March 15, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the second anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 15, 2012

Jimmy, I think of you all the time. It has been a hard two years since you left but I know one day we will meet again.

Sonia Dudash

March 15, 2012

Hard to believe it has been two years already. RIP Brother Kerstetter. Tell Andy I said hello.

Rob Pfanner
Friend and co-worker
Andrew Scott Dunn
EOW 03-19-11

March 15, 2012

Gone, but not forgotten

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department

March 15, 2012

Merry Christmas Sponge miss you buddy.

Robert Kois
former Patrolman Lagrange P.D. Ohio

December 18, 2011

Sgt. I'm Currently enrolled at the police academy, one of your friends is one of my Instructors, he told us how much of a great officer you were and that you would help anyone at anytime, also how you got the nickname Sponge, God bless your loved ones You will never be forgotten!!!

Shane Porter
Police Academy

October 25, 2011

It never gets easy...time does not heal all. Thanks brother for the service while here and the continued service above watching over the rest of us. Days go by and we all live our lives but we always stop at some point during that day to think of you. You meant so much to so many. Rest brother as we will handle the small stuff knowing you have the rest of us in your arms above. Be proud of your brothers and the girls as they have all shown strength but none compare to Tammy and her devotion. You are a true hero....We will never forget!


July 7, 2011

Sponge,1 year has passed and yet it seems like yesterday.There is not a single day that goes by that I do not think of you.I know that you are watching over all of us down here.You were truly one of a kind.I miss you my friend say hello to Dyke for us also.

Robert Kois
Former Patrolman Lagrange P.D. Ohio

March 15, 2011

I'll never forget listening to the recording of your last transmissions. It's seared into my memory forever. You will never be forgotten, my brother.

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

March 15, 2011

May God bring peace to your family on the anniversary of your passing.
NYPD (Ret)


March 15, 2011

To Patrolman James Kerstetter, his family and his fellow officers with the Elyria Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Patrolman Kerstetter’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Patrolman Kerstetter and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

March 15, 2011

It's been one year, Sponge. We've not forgotten, we will never forget. We will continue to honor how you lived and touched us all. Taps has sounded for you, but this we'll defend. Please watch over us as we go forth.

"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be known as the children of God." -Matthew 5:3

Sgt Michael B. Smith
Columbus Division of Police

March 15, 2011

Coming up on one year Jim... Everybody is thinking about you. You are missed....


March 6, 2011

r.i.p. brother

citizen on patrol,brian

December 26, 2010

Uncle Jimmy Merry Christmas. We love and miss you more than words could ever say. You will never be forgotten 177.


December 24, 2010

Patrolman Kerstetter,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for our Country when you served in the U.S. Army as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas Sponge,we all miss you so very much.There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you,Emily is allways talking about you also.Rest in peace brother.Say hello to Dyke for me and tell him Merry Christmas also.

R.Kois Former Patrolman
Lagrange PD

December 20, 2010

As you celebrate this, your first Thanksgiving without your loved one, please be aware that his service and sacrifice where not in vain. Though these words are small comfort on a day such as this, his brothers and sisters in law enforcement shall ensure that he and you are never forgotten! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, may GOD bless you and keep you on this and every day!

Deportation Officer

November 25, 2010

First and foremost, please know you and your family are continuously in my thoughts and prayers. It is true that so many of us who once served with you at the 523rd MP Co. are deeply saddened by your loss. You were an outstanding MP and obviously, an extraordinary Patrolman. Elyria was fortunate to have you on their watch 177. From someone afar, all I can say is "God Bless" the Elyria community for the phenomenal support shown/given to the Kerstetter family during this difficult time. And to the Kerstetter family and friends, may the love of those around you bring comfort to help you through the days ahead. Please know Jim was loved/admired and will be missed by all. He will definitely live in our hearts forever. God Bless.


November 4, 2010

Jimmy - It has been 7 months since you passed but it still feels like yesterday that I got a phone call telling me what had happened. You are so deeply missed down here! You would be proud how this community pulled together in the days/weeks/months after this incident. You would be proud of your little girls and how they spoke of you and you would be proud of your fellow officers and how they were able to pull together and maintain. Your untimely death is so very tragic but I am proud to see how this city banded together afterwards. I actually felt proud to say that I was an Elyrian! Sponge, you are missed everyday and I know you are still watching over us.
We love you - god bless you!


October 14, 2010

I miss you everyday Sponge.I will never forget you,you were the greatest person that I had ever met.Love you like a brother.


September 29, 2010

RIP Jim. I was a former MP with Jim at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Members of the 523rd MP Company are deeply saddened by the loss of Jim who will forever be in our hearts and prayers.

Lt. Joe VanSeeters
Harford County Sheriff's Dept.

August 7, 2010

Jim and I were in the Army together at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. My thoughts are with the family and the Agency.

Lt. Jack Meckley
Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

August 6, 2010

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