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

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Patrolman Kerstetter. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for James, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember James' life and the MAN that he was. Remember that James' life was about so much more than the way he died. James will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Patrolman Kerstetter, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been seven years and a half years but he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

July 12, 2010

The Dail family of Ocala, Florida sends our deepest condolences to you and sincerest love. We are praying for you and grieving with you. May the LORD carry you and protect and provide for you. Trust Him, rest in Him.

The Dail family, Ocala, FL
in-laws Ofc. Tony Zeppetella eow:6/13/03

July 2, 2010

To the family and friends of Patrolman James Kerstetter and his fellow officers:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when James tragically died.

To James' family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in the Bay Area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service James gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 15, 2010.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD (CA), eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya

May 18, 2010

To the family, friends, and co-workers of Patrolman Kerstetter,

Please accept the most heartfelt condolences from the men and women of the United States Border Patrol, Douglas, AZ station.

We will not forget Patrolman Kerstetter, and will continue in his stead, fighting evil for a better world. When one of us falls, all of us stumble, but we carry on in honor and memory of the fallen.

James, all is Code-4. Rest in peace, sir. We have it from here.

Douglas, AZ Station
United States Border Patrol

May 4, 2010

you are so deeply missed. elyria just isn't the same without you. every place i look its a reminder of you.


April 21, 2010

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Elyria Police Department. May peace be with you during this tragic time. We grieve with you and know that your hero will never be forgotten. To Officer Kerstetter's family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

CSPD Wives Association
Colorado Springs, CO

April 6, 2010

Rest In Peace, Patrolman Kerstetter.

Lt T Carr

April 5, 2010

Officer Jimmy...
U are greatly missed today!! I went to the mall, you weren't there...I stopped by Marc's and you were not there...It is so lonely without your smile or the sense of security that you made us feel in the community as we went on about our daily routines without even thinking about it...
What ever will we do without You??
Gone, but NEVER EVER forgotten for YOU gave the Greatest Sacrifice of All for US...
GOD Bless YOU as you walk Beside the Lord Now...Officer Jimmy....

Jaye Cleveland Ohio

April 2, 2010

Jimmy, your sudden departure from our ranks will not soon leave us. You made an impact on all of us that will be felt for the rest of our lives. I don't think you ever met anyone that did not become your friend. I can't count how many times I've looked over the Officer Down pages and read the reflections but now it somehow has become more real. I guess more personal. Your funeral was a great tribute to you and I think the out pouring of support was overwhelming for your family as well as to the rest of us. The community and businesses continue to support you and your family through donations. You can be proud of your daughters and how they spoke of their love for you and your love for them. Our department will be here for your family. Rest in Peace.

EPD Officer

March 31, 2010

I send my sincerest condolences to the family friends and coworkers of this fine man. RIP brother. We'll take it from here. Job well done. Go with G-d.

Cpl. Tim Zuniga
UC Berkeley Police Department

March 31, 2010

Officer Kerstetter Thank you for you courage,service. My thoughts and prayers go out to your fellow officers and family. You will never be forgotten. I salute you as a hero. May you rest in peace.

Scott Y.

March 30, 2010

A great loss for your family and friends, but you leave them wonderful memories. Watch over your buddies as you "Walk Golden Streets with God".
I send your family prayers for strength and peace.

Jill Michalak

March 27, 2010

As an Elyrian, I Salute you as a HERO. Your dedication and selfless service to the City of Elyria will not go unnoticed. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and the Kerstetter family since day one. My wife and I will continue to keep you and your family in our daily prayers.

Federal Air Marshal
U.S. Air Marshal Service

March 27, 2010

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over. God please watch over, and tend to the loved ones left behind.......

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

March 26, 2010

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Patrolman James Kerstetter,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Patrolman James. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Patrolman James Kerstetter is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network


March 25, 2010

Rest in Peace.

Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police Department

March 25, 2010

Rest in peace brother. We've got the watch from here. May God bless your family, friends and fellow officers who all mourn the loss of yet another hero.

Motor Officer Dominick Marraccini
Easton Police Department, Easton, PA

March 25, 2010

Thank You for your dedication to the city of Elyria and for putting your life on the line every day. God Bless your entire Family. Thank You for protecting my life, my family, and our city. REST IN PEACE JIMMY THE WATCH HAS ENDED for an excellant Law Enforcement Officer and good friend..

Mike Lubert
Elyria Police Aux. Officer / Friend

March 24, 2010

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Tx

March 24, 2010

Rest in Pecae. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Special Agent
U.S. Postal Service

March 24, 2010

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this fallen hero.

Andrew / Detective
Baltimore City Police Department

March 24, 2010

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission
Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 24, 2010

I thank God for your faithfulness. I am sorry for your family's loss and your department's loss as well. May their grief assuaged by their memories and love shared.

Chaplain Mann, retired
Fremont, OH PD

March 23, 2010

Thank you for your courage, service, and ultimate sacrifice. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten! May God Bless and comfort your family and friends.

Sergeant, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

March 23, 2010

Thank you for your service. May God Bless you and your family. May he grant your family, friends, and co-workers the strength they need to get through the rough times ahead.

PO James McPartland Jr
Mount Vernon PD NY

March 23, 2010

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