Saturday, May 15, 2010


Elyria – Players, Coaches, parents and Board Members of Elyria East Little League surrounded the pitcher’s mound today during a dedication ceremony honoring the 3 Firefighters and 2 Police Officers who lost their lives in the Line of Duty in Elyria.

League President Kevin Brubaker said that the Board Members were moved to do something after Officer Jim Kerstetter was killed in the Line of Duty 2 months ago. “We wanted to not only honor him for his ultimate sacrifice, but for all who laid down their lives while serving our community. So today we are honoring the 3 Firefighters and 2 Police Officers who died in while on duty.”

A flag pole with a plague at its base with the 5 names of those being honored is surrounded but special landscaping and a black fence.

Members of the Kerstetter family were joined by Mayor Grace, Police Chief Duane Whitely, Fire Chief Rich Benton and Council people as members of the Elyria High School ROTC raised the Flag.

Chiefs Benton and Whitely were presented with replica plagues and Elyria East All Star jerseys, each with the #1 on the back. They were then asked to throw out the first pitch.


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