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Officer James Kerstetter honored in D.C.


Slain Elyria police Sgt. James Kerstetter’s name has been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Kerstetter, who was killed in the line of duty on March 15, 2010, was among those honored Sunday at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

The national memorial, which was built in October 1991, has more than 19,000 names, including the 361 names added this year to denote officers killed in 2010 and those whose deaths in previous years are just now being recognized as line-of-duty deaths.

The memorial is a large monument consisting of two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Weeks prior to the formal dedication, the memorial is closed to the public to give engravers time to add the names.

Kerstetter’s name can be found on the east wall, panel 17, line E.

Kerstetter’s wife, Tammy, children, Misty, Shelby and Bailey, and several other family members were in attendance. Tammy Kerstetter was escorted by Elyria police Chief Duane Whitely.

The family also brought mementos from Elyria to adorn the wall alongside the items honoring other fallen officers.

His badge, several photos and a replica of the sign for Kerstetter Way were all on display.

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