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.