Police Honor Sgt. Steve Kenner on 2nd Anniversary of his Death
July 8th is a tough day for local law enforcement to remember.
Two years ago Monday, Sgt. Steve Kenner was shot and killed in the line of duty in Bismarck.
Although two years have passed by, each officer handles the loss differently on this day.
"Seems like this just happened, everybody in the department still feels it."
On July 8th, 2011, Sgt. Steve Kenner was shot and killed in the line of duty in Bismarck.
"The pain is duller but it doesn't go away..."
"You don't get over anything like that, that's the wrong terminology, you learn to live with it, and that's why it doesn't get any easier." says Chief of Police, Dan Donlin.
On the anniversary of Sgt. Kenner's death, his brothers in blue remember what happened as they continue to serve and protect.
"That loss, everyday is on our hearts and minds, but on anniversary days."
"We were working together that night, obviously a day I wish never would have happened, and a day I'll never forget as long as I live." says Deputy Chief Dave Draovitch.
The memory of his sacrifice will live on forever.
To honor Sgt. Kenner a plaque was placed on his memorial wall outside the department just in the past two weeks.
"I'm very proud of this I think this is something we needed to do for him."
His presence is all around the Bismarck police department.
"They're all mean a lot to me that he's got his name there."
Regardless of his memorials from Bismarck to Washington D.C., the department he worked at for more than 30 years will never forget missing their co-worker and friend.
"Just a gentle giant, I miss that about him."
"Anytime I remember back to Sgt. Kenner and what happened and what he meant to this department and this community, it brings tears to my eyes, it does not get any easier." says Donlin.
"Just like everybody else I think about Steve today, we think about him often and he's a hero for the Bismarck area, and he's done us all very proud and I'm proud I got to work with him." says Draovitch.
Sgt. Kenner's wife still works at the police department.
Chief Dan Donlin says she is also part of their family.
Police officers are having a private meeting to honor Sgt. Kenner sometime Monday evening.
The man who shot Sergeant Kenner was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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