Friday, July 09, 2010


Elyria – Family and friends of fallen Elyria Police Officer Jim Kerstetter gathered today at the East Falls Observation area to be on hand as Elyria Mayor Bill Grace and Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely removed the blue draping that covered the KERSTETTER WAY street sign.

Just before removing the draping Mayor Grace presented Kerstetter’s family several replicas of the sign that they could take home. Grace said he knew the family would each want one for their homes so instead of them shimmying up one of the poles to snag one in the middle of the night – he thought it was best to just give them their own today.

Last night many people throughout Northeast Ohio said they had their hearts ripped out by a self-absorbed basketball player. Some grown men were even on TV crying because of this guy’s decision. Today’s dedication ceremony should be a sobering reminder to everyone that there are far greater problems in the world and in our own back yards to worry about. Today’s dedication ceremony should also be a reminder that there are far greater people who deserve to be called Hero – then any basketball player.



Anonymous Julie said...

Thank you for the eloquent reminder of a true hero. Those who give their lives in service to others are heroes, not someone who excels at a sport.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Well put sir.

5:30 PM  

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