1981 - 2016 Age 34 Tour 11 years
We Honor the Sacrifice He Made
On June 14, 2016, Officer Michael Katherman was assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU). Officer Katherman and other TEU officers were working targeted enforcement in the area of North Tenth and Hedding Streets. At approximately 1622 hours, Officer Katherman was traveling north on North Tenth Street on his police motorcycle. As he approached Horning Street, a mini van attempted to turn left from southbound North Tenth Street onto eastbound Horning Street. The mini van drove into Officer Katherman’s pathway and caused a collision causing Officer Katherman to strike the vehicle and roadway.
Several citizens observed the collision and stopped to assist. One of the citizen’s used Officer Katherman’s police radio to call for assistance. Other officers soon arrived and with the assistance of citizens, began rendering first aid. Officer Katherman was transported to Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Katherman was the thirteenth San Jose Police Officer that died in the line of duty.