Friday, May 21, 2010


Cleveland – Police Officers from all over the United States and the world including Canada and Germany came together Saturday morning to honor the 177 Peace Officers that have been killed in the line of duty here in the Greater Cleveland area.

Elyria Police Officer Jim Kerstetter, Elyria’s Unit 177, was the 177th name carved into the Memorial that sits in Huntington Park at Police Memorial Square in downtown Cleveland.

Also added this year was Cleveland Heights Police Officer Thomas Patton who died while chasing a suspect on March 13th – just two days before Kerstetter was killed.

Wellington Village Marshal George Brenner was killed in the line of duty on July 18th, 1883 and was just recently discovered. Brenner was honored today.

Although there were many speakers at today’s event, two messages kept coming up…
“Heroes Live Forever”

“They’re Not Heroes Because of How They Died,
But How They lived”


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