Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Steven Rickie Kenner

Bismarck Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Friday, July 8, 2011

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Reflections for Sergeant Steven Rickie Kenner

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 20, 2018

Remembering you on this anniversary and always. Until Valhalla brother.

Police officer Richard Jensen
Bismarck Police Department

July 8, 2018

Your name is spoken often and you are remembered and missed my friend

Todd A. Schwarz, Chief ASA
McKenzie County ND

March 15, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 15, 2015

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 7, 2015

Although I never knew you, great protector, I bawl at the thought of what must have been such a kind, caring and strong willed man, and protector of the Bismarck community, now gone, I pray for your family, and the officers who knew you as friend, rest in peace SGT.Kenner

Gone but never forgotten

Civillian/Future officer

March 2, 2014

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 18, 2012

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon, Ret. Deputy Chief
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 8, 2012

Everyone thought he was a hardass when he dealt with the public. He made a mistake when he thought I had a knife in my pocket (I recently had back surgery) He was ONLY protecting his life when he restrained me. Since that day he WAS the best police officer that I had ever dealt with. He learned a lot about me while he was taking me to the hospital. I miss him and could use his help right now in the worst way

no rank just a person
someone who knew him

June 23, 2012

I miss our visits. I still use much of what you taught me!!! You are missed!!!

Shawn Skager, Deputy
Traill County Sheriff's Office

May 23, 2012

Still think about you Sarge. I will be in DC next month to pay my respects at the memorial.

Kai Engstroem
Dispatcher, Bismarck Burleigh Combined Communications Center

April 20, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 24, 2012

To the family and friends of Sgt. Steven Kenner, his fellow officers, and most especially to Steven:

We honor your service to your community as a law enforcement officer. You will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Steven was killed in the line of duty. It is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers as reflected in the loving reflections left for him.

May his loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To Steven's family, you are in my heart's embrace today. I share your anquish in losing a beloved family member which surely has to be life's greatest sorrow.

This was your family's first Christmas without you. They are all in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Steven gave to his community and the citizens of North Dakota, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 8, 2011.

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

December 28, 2011

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiance 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 Sergeant Kenner. 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 Steven 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 Steven's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Steven's life was about so much more than the way he died. Steven will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Sergeant Kenner, 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 fiance Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been eight & a half years and 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)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 7, 2011

Sgt. Kenner: Thanks for protecting people.

Trooper R. Johnson
South Dakota Highway Patrol

September 28, 2011

Sgt. Kenner,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service-not just to your Community, but also to the state of North Dakota and our Country as well when you you served in the NDARNG. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
USBP

August 19, 2011

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney
Virginia

August 15, 2011

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. with my nineteen year old son. We made it a point to visit the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial to pay our respects. While there I noticed a lone wreath set on top of the east wall. It was for Sergeant Kenner. A passerby asked if it was for someone I knew. I told him it was a brother. He seemed somewhat puzzled but didn't say anything else and walked away. We tend to get caught up in all the day-to-day "stuff" that surrounds us, but it's brief moments like this that serve as a reminder of the bond we share. My deepest sympathy goes out to Sergeant Kenner's family and friends. I will keep him in my prayers and I thank him for helping to refresh the spirit.

Lt. James Nenni
Town of Newburgh Police Department, Newburgh, New York

August 5, 2011

Steven Kenner my friend you will be missed by me and my family. You touched the lives of not only me as a friend, but my wife and children also. You were there for me and my wife when both our children were born. I will always remember the good times we had. Farwell my friend.

Detective Paul Olson
Bismarck Police and Friend

August 4, 2011

Sargent Kenner helped our family save a loved one from meth. He did what was right. I had the opportunity to thank him personally for his help. He chuckled and said "tell my Boss!." I did. I am so thankful that this man was a part of our life. My sorrow is deep.

To his family - I cannot hope to understand your loss. Be assured he will be remembered with the utmost repect. We truly know a hero.

Private Citizen
Reciepient of Services

July 27, 2011

To the family of Sgt. Steven Kenner, I offer my sincerest prayers up to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that you are comforted through these days of heart wrenching pain. I had a sergeant like Steven. One thing he taught me was ....there are "givers" and "takers" in this life, cherish the "givers" and the takers won't keep you up at night.
Clearly, Steven was a "giver." Thank you for enduring the hardships of being a "police family." Thank you for Steven. His life was so very meaningful to so many, many people.

Retired Police, DRS
Greendale, WI

July 20, 2011

Chief Strzelecki and the entire Niles Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Kenner. Godspeed.

Niles, Illinois Police Department

July 20, 2011

In Valor There Is Hope, Godspeed.

Paul J. Schettino, Lieutenant (Ret.)
City of Beacon, New York

July 17, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this brave officer. Rest in Peace.

Sheriff Ray Foster
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

July 17, 2011

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars. Folks came out of the restraunts, They came out of the bars.

The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked,"What is all this for?" And they said,"Aw, JUST A COP."

Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear. Some people said,"It's stupid," "All these dumb policemen here."

"How come they're not out fightin' crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" "Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's JUST A COP." They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn , it's gonna make me late!"

"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they're sure wastin' time, On someone who's JUST A COP."

Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes. The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.

The graveyard workers shake their heads, "This service is a flop." "There's a lot of good words wasted, On someone who's JUST A COP."

Yeah, JUST A COP to most folks. Did his duty everyday. Tryin' to protect us, Till they took his life away.

And when he got to heaven. St. Peter put him at the top. An Angel asked him,"Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, JUST A COP."

(AUTHOR UNKNOWN)


Tim Heckelsmiller
citizen

July 17, 2011

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