SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) --Law enforcement, friends, and family paid their respects to a fallen San Jose police officer at a memorial service Tuesday at the SAP Center. Officer Michael Katherman was on his motorcycle when a minivan turned in front of him last week. The 34-year-old crashed into it and later died at the hospital. He was the 13th San Jose police officer to die in the line of duty. He had lifelong aspirations to work in law enforcement and was 11 years into his career.
VIDEO: Father of fallen SJPD officer receives standing ovation after moving tribute
"If you promise to never forget Michael, and the passion he exhibited for police work... will you please stand to your feet."
VIDEO: In his own words, Michael Katherman reflects on being a police officer
Officer Michael Katherman and his academy mates spent time documenting their journey on video.
VIDEO: Friend since childhood of fallen San Jose officer speaks at memorial
"I knew he took the job seriously. He did it really well."
VIDEO: Official End of Watch as bagpipers play 'Amazing Grace'
VIDEO: Academy mate of fallen San Jose officer speaks at memorial
Ofc. Chau Pham said Michael Katherman was a great man and a true hero.
VIDEO: Sgt. John Carr Jr with the Keith Kelley Club
"He will always be close to my heart, and I will always think about the amazing man he was."
VIDEO: Former Academy mate Myke Whittington
"He was my field training partner, he was my beat partner, but more than anything he was my friend."
VIDEO: SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia
"Your dad was a hero."
VIDEO: SJPD chaplain honors fallen Ofc. Michael Katherman
VIDEO: Assistant Chief Dave Knopf
"It's been a long seven days since Mike was so tragically taken from us."
VIDEO: Motorcade arrives at SAP Center in San Jose
VIDEO: Thousands line streets for Officer Katherman's procession
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