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

The following is a song by the Christian group MercyMe:


Your in a better place, I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would still be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home

In Christ, there are no goodbye's
And in Christ, there is no end
So I'll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home is where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now.

We all must make sure that we are "right" with God, and that we are Saved by His Grace.

Rest in Peace Brother

Officer Bradley Adams
Huntsville Alabama Police Dept

March 23, 2010

Thank you for your service and my prayers are with your family

Deputy Latour ( retired)
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office (retired)

March 23, 2010

I miss "Sponge" already. We talked weekly on the phone. Me and Sponge hit it off from the start in Ohio in a driving school (OPOTA). He refered to me as "Bama". We work a very dangerous job, with very little appreciation. This has really hit me hard as I know it has his family.

Corporal Keith Hamner
Tuscaloosa County Sheriffs Ofc (Alabama)

March 23, 2010

Rest in Peace, Brother.

OFC B. Grajek

March 23, 2010

Rest in peace brother. My thoughts are with your family, friends and the members of the EPD during this most tragic and difficult time

Lt. Joseph Ward, Ret.
Jackson, NJ PD

March 23, 2010

There's a reason I cried, when I heard an officer had died. The reality hit hard in the life that we live, to a job where people are asking you to constantly give. One of the finest has paid the ultimate price, and with pride and honor made the greatest sacrifice. The public has no idea on this day today, what you went through and how many lives that are now touched, the killer never knew. How you sometimes went to work, with very little sleep, Duty & Honor, a vow you must keep, and like most cops you were most likely underpaid, but its a job you loved, the one for which you were made. To protect and serve, is how you lived your life, my heart goes out to your now widowed wife. Its a knock on the door every officer's spouse fears, and that's why today my eye's are filled with tears. Our thoughts and prayers are for the family that will be without a father, a husband, a brother who will
be missed beyond doubt. Heaven called one of our finest home today. You will be missed Jim K!

Citizen Elyria Ohio

March 23, 2010

"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God" Matthew 5:9

Paw Paw, Michigan

March 22, 2010

My sympathies to Officer Kerstetter's family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace.

SFC William L. Farrell
US Army Military Police, Ret.

March 22, 2010

Jimmy, When my son asked if I knew James Kerstetter and that he was killed in line of duty. I said no. Then it hit me. Jimmy Kerstetter as I always knew you. I thought back to times we went to church at the Church of the Open Door. I thought back to the times of hanging out the Year Book room. I thought how fun of a person you were to be around. I also thought what a tragic end. I can see by what the Elyria Paper has wrote about you you were still that fun person to be around. Even though it's been almost 20 years since we have talked your death defintely hit home with me. God Bless you and your family.

Deputy Todd Holloway
Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

March 22, 2010

Thank you for your service. God bless you and your family.


March 22, 2010

Brother James,

Please keep the gates of heaven open for the rest of us.

R.I.P. Brother

Cpl. Robert L. Padgett 67 ( ret)
Charles County Sheriff's Office, Md.

March 22, 2010

Rest in Peace Brother!

Patrolman Anthony Parkinson
Fort Smith Police Department

March 22, 2010

On behalf of the members of the BPD Security Branch, our sympathy and prayers go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Ptl. James Kerstetter.

U.S. Treasury/Bureau of the Public Debt Parkersburg WV

March 22, 2010

My deepest sympathy to his family, co-workers, and friends. There is nothing one can say at a time like this except that God will ease your pain if you turn to Him, and only time can heal your hearts. God bless you all.

Rusty Cox,Information Clerk
Asheville Police Dept., Asheville, NC

March 22, 2010

On behalf of all Missouri officers, dispatchers and the like, I extend our sincere sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Kerstetter. Rest in peace our fallen hero.

Scott Barthelmass, Founder/Team Manager
Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team

March 21, 2010

Thank you Mr. Kerstetter for all that you've done for us. You're sacrifice will be remembered in the hearts of not only those of Elyria but the nation.


March 21, 2010

I am sure you already know how beautiful the service was to honor your life yesterday. You and your wife have done a great job raising your daughters. They spoke so well and were so brave to give a remembrance in your honor I am sure you are very proud of them. It was obvious that you were there with them as they spoke and your strength shined through them as we all paid tribute to your life and sacrifice.

God bless you, your family, the members of the Elyria Police Department, and the citizens of Elyria. Rest in peace brother.


March 21, 2010

There are no words to ease the pain of your family and friends. You are a well respected officer, friend, husband and father. Why does it always seem like the good ones are taken from us? Thank you for protecting us from the criminal element. You did your best that day. Help us remember you are in a better place than us. I wish I had the privilege of meeting you. I pray your family and friends will lean on each other as they cope with the loss of such a great person and may they find peace in time.

Ohio State Highway Patrol

March 21, 2010

Thankyou for your service OFFICER KERSTETTER, you are a hero who will never be forgotten. God bless your family and co-workers during these tragic times.


March 21, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Patrolman Kerstetter as well as the brotherhood at Elyria Police Department. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) Police Department

March 21, 2010



March 21, 2010

I could not help but cry when I listened to the 911 tape of this incedent. Another one of our outstanding HEROS has been taken from us way to soon. Patrolman Kerstetter, we will never forget your sacrifice, service and your courage. Thank you. God Bless and Godspeed.


March 21, 2010

Awhile ago, James used to come in to the Elyria Circuit City and always asked me to fix his Family PC or look at his Daughter's computer. I also recall times he pulled up in his cruiser while I was out smoking on my break and I would get in the passenger seat and get the cruiser laptop working or cleaned up to work faster. I never charged him because I always felt every cop, firefighter, etc... I owe them. He would always offer to buy me lunch though, and even gave me a F.O.P. card. When I heard the news I was devastated. I am truly sorry for the family's loss and will continue to keep Officer Kerstetter in my thoughts.

Eric Kinder

Eric Kinder
Personal Computer Tech

March 21, 2010

Rest in peace Patrolman Kerstetter, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much for your service!


March 20, 2010

My your memory be eternal and be remembered for the lives you touched. God rest for you are not forgotten.

inspector 436
US Customs Detroit

March 20, 2010

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