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OLATHE, Kan. — Friends and family of an Olathe Police officer, who died preparing for President Obama’s visit to Kansas, gathered to say their final goodbyes Tuesday morning.

The funeral for Traffic Motor Officer Michael Kern, 43, was held at Life Church Worship Center followed by a funeral procession that lasted almost 45 minutes.

Escorts led those in attendance to Pleasant Valley Cemetery following the funeral, which was about nine miles away. The funeral procession began just after noon and delayed traffic along 151st street.

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.

Fellow officers, family and friends attended the visitation for the officer Monday.

Officer Kern suddenly died last Tuesday after he suffered an apparent heart attack. Officer Kern was detailing his motorcycle to escort the President during his visit to Lawrence.

Officer Kern worked for the Olathe Police Department for 13 years.

Officer Kern leaves behind a wife and three children.

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