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.
"If you promise to never forget Michael, and the passion he exhibited for police work... will you please stand to your feet."
Officer Michael Katherman and his academy mates spent time documenting their journey on video.
"I knew he took the job seriously. He did it really well."
Ofc. Chau Pham said Michael Katherman was a great man and a true hero.
"He will always be close to my heart, and I will always think about the amazing man he was."
"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: Assistant Chief Dave Knopf
"It's been a long seven days since Mike was so tragically taken from us."
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