Laid to Rest

Police Officer James W. “Jimmy” Kettler P-604 (1973-2018)


The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

“Preserving the History of Law Enforcement in the Greater Cincinnati Area”


Jimmy was born July 28, 1973 to Daniel and Barbara Kettler.  He attended Roger Bacon High School and graduated in June of 1991.  He attended the University of Cincinnati from 1991 to 1994 majoring in Fire Science.

During the summer after high school, he worked at Tastemaker on 69th Street.  He then worked at Daniel W. Kettler Greenhouses until it went out of business.  On April 12, 1994, Jimmy joined the United States Naval Reserves and took has basic training at Orlando, Florida.  During the summer of 1994 he worked as a bar back at America Live. From August 1994 to 1998 he worked as a machinist at Ace Manufacturing.

Jimmy joined the Cincinnati Police Division as a Police Recruit on July 12, 1998.  He was promoted to Police Officer on December 12, 1998, issued Badge 604, and assigned to District 2 (3295 Erie Avenue).

Officer Kettler resigned on January 5, 2001 and took a position as a Firefighter with the Cincinnati Fire Department.  He was promoted to Lieutenant and then Captain and had served his country and community for almost 24 years to 2018.

On March 30, 2018, Captain Kettler had a fatal medical emergency at his home.  He was 44.

He is survived by his mother and siblings, Kelly (Steven) Day and Shannon Kettler.

A visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 4389 Spring Grove.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1750 Chase Avenue.  Interment to follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church or the SPCA.

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