Line of Duty Death
On January 20th, 2015 at approximately 1654 hours, officers of the Olathe Police Department,
members of the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act were dispatched to a
medical call at an Olathe residence.
Traffic Motor Officer Michael Kern suffered a fatal heart attack at his residence during the late
afternoon hours while detailing his police motorcycle for an upcoming Presidential escort.
Officer Kern was working day shift (0700-1700) and was preparing his motorcycle for the
upcoming special assignment when he collapsed.
Officer Kern has served Olathe for more than 13 years and had previously served three years
with the Cass County, Missouri Sheriff’s Department. He is survived by his wife, two daughters
and his son.
The family and police department are requesting privacy during this time of mourning.
The Olathe Police Department participates in the annual Benchmark Cities Survey
along with 29 other police agencies across the country. Established in 1997 by a group of police chiefs from around the country, the survey compiles a variety of information about the different participating agencies and is utilized as a benchmark to ensure the Olathe Police Department is providing the best services we can to citizens. For questions about the survey, please contact the Public Information Sergeant
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