Chapter 13 Member Police Officer Michael Katherman was killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of North 10th Street and Horning Street at approximately 4:20 pm on June 14,2016.
He was on patrol in the area when another vehicle attempted to turn left in front of him, causing the collision. Witnesses to the crash performed CPR on Officer Katherman and used his radio to call for assistance. He was transported to Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Katherman was an Active Member of our Chapter and was one of our motor officers this year at the 2016 Police Unity Tour. The video you are seeing on top of this page was also his creation but little do we know, it was to be his final contribution to our Chapter but we will always get to see the Unity Ride and it's true meaning thru his eyes! His passing had shocked us all and his dedication and contribution to both his profession and to our Organization will never be forgotten!
Nearly 4,000 people gathered at SAP Center in downtown San Jose for a memorial service to honor Officer Michael Katherman. Uniformed officers and personnel from various law enforcement agencies across the state attended the two-hour ceremony where they listened to remarks from Katherman’s family, friends and co-workers. SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia who spoke at his memorial service spoke of two cases that stood out from Katherman’s personnel file. The first was a case where Katherman spoke with a rebellious teenager at the request of her frustrated grandma, who later wrote in a letter that the talk was a “life-changing event for the family,” Garcia said. The second case was from Christmas Eve in 2011, when Katherman saved the life of stabbing victim and a letter of appreciation in the file thanking the officer’s parents for raising him. “Mike was one of those strong pillars and cannot be replaced. We will all just have to work that much harder,”
Officer Katherman had served with the San Jose Police Department for 11 years. He was also vice president of the department’s Keith Kelley Club, an organization named after the first San Jose police officer who died while on active military duty, according to police Sgt. John Carr Jr.The organization has a fund to support police officers in crisis and Katherman always checked if anyone in the department was in need. He is survived by his wife and two children.