Olathe PD Officer suffers fatal heart attack while preparing for Presidential escort

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A 13-year veteran of the Olathe Police Department died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. Traffic Motor Officer Michael Kern, 43, collapsed while detailing his motorcycle for President Barack Obama's visit to Lawrence. Officer Kern was preparing for a special assignment as part of the Presidential escort.

Officer Kern was concluding his day shift just before 5 p.m. when he collapsed at his Olathe home. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Previous to his time on the force in Olathe, Officer Kern served for three years at the Cass County, Mo. Sheriff's Department.

The Olathe Police Department provided this photo of Traffic Motor Officer Michael Kern who died of a heart attack on January 20.

The Olathe Police Department provided this photo of Traffic Motor Officer Michael Kern who died of a heart attack on January 20.

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