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Charlie was born October 14, 1948 to Charles F. and Frances Louise (Hopcia) Kuhn, Sr. and graduated from Aiken High School in 1966.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 4, 1967, served as a Security Policeman at the Seymore Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and trained as Canine Handler. He also served in Vietnam for 18 months, including at Tan Son Nhut AFB near Saigon. Sergeant Kuhn was honorably discharged on April 4, 1971.
Charlie joined the Cincinnati General Hospital as a Police Officer during August 1971. Four years later, he lateraled over to the University of Cincinnati Police Department as a Police Officer II. From 1977 to 1979 he also attended Cincinnati Technical College, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Loss Control.
Police Officer Kuhn joined the Cincinnati Police Division as a Police Recruit on March 2, 1980. He was promoted to Police Officer on September 14, 1980, issued Badge 829, and assigned to District 1 (310 Lincoln Park Drive). He rotated to District 3 (3201 Warsaw Avenue) on March 20, 1983 and assigned to and remained there for the rest of his career. On April 2, 1986, while directing traffic around an auto accident in the 2800 block of Warsaw Avenue, a car struck him, breaking his right leg and left arm and seriously injuring his left shoulder. It was almost a year before he returned back to full duty. He was assigned to the Criminal Apprehension Team where he further excelled. He returned to uniformed patrol and served as a model to the younger officers on third relief. Officer Kuhn retired March 14, 1998 with almost 31 years of service to his country and community and 25 letters of appreciation and/or commendation.
I served with Charlie on what has become known as “The Greatest Relief” from March 1983 to March 1986 and then again on another great relief from July 1996 to July 1997. It was my absolute pleasure and honor to do so.
After retirement, Officer Kuhn delivered meals for Meals on Wheels for at least ten years.
On June 3, 2018, Officer Kuhn suffered a massive heart attack. He was on a respirator until June 8th when the doctors advised there was nothing else they could do for him. With family surrounding him, he died peacefully on June 9, 2018 at the age of 69.
Officer Kuhn is survived by his wife of 14 years, Vicky L. Weldon-Kuhn; children, Steven Kuhn, Kayla Gould, Phylicia Gould, Heather Kuhn, and Holly (Cincinnati Police Officer Andrew) Sullivan; four grandchildren; and sister, Sharon (Randy) Pyles.
Visitation will be held 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Newcomer Funeral Home at 4350 Dixie Highway in Erlanger. A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. with Pastor Winston Lawson officiating.
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