Send Your Challenge Coins!

San Jose Police Officer Michael Katherman—pictured here with his two young sons, Josh and Jason— was killed in a traffic collision while on patrol on June 14, 2016. A nationwide campaign is underway to send Michael’s sons challenge coins from every agency, so please help if you can.
San Jose Police Officer Michael Katherman—pictured here with his two young sons, Josh and Jason—was killed in a traffic collision earlier this month while on patrol. A nationwide campaign is underway to send Michael’s sons challenge coins from every agency. Please help if you can.

Ed. note: We recently received this message from Bobby Lopez, Executive Director, FOP Lodge 52:

On June 14, Officer Michael Katherman was killed in the line of duty. The San Jose community has been mourning his tragic and untimely death. It turns out his two young sons are enthusiastic collectors of challenge coins and we want to make sure we help them add to their collection. If your agency has a challenge coin, please send it to me as soon as possible. My plan is to get a special display box for the coins and present them to on behalf of America’s law enforcement community.

 

Please send your coin to me:
Bobby Lopez
2486 Cove Place
Discovery Bay, CA 94505

More about the incident, via the San Jose Mercury News:

A police department and community are in mourning after a veteran San Jose police motorcycle officer was killed in a collision while riding in an industrial area in North San Jose, police Chief Eddie Garcia said.

 

“It is with great sadness that I inform you all that this community has lost an officer in the line of duty,” Garcia said.

 

The officer who died has been identified as Michael J. Katherman, 34, a resident of San Benito County. He is the 13th officer in the history of the San Jose Police Department to lose his life in the line of duty, a year after the department laid to rest the 12th, Officer Michael Johnson, who was fatally shot in March 2015.

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Bobby, I designed a CARDILLO coin….Ptl Phil Cardillo was gunned down in a Harlem, NY mosque on April 14, 1972…….read his story, just look up…Cardillo, murder at the Harlem mosque….or “Circle of Six” an unbelievable but true story of the killing of Ptl Phil Cardillo…….I honored Cardillo with a coin that has sold 900 so far…I do not make money on his coin….BUT, I am sending one to you to give to these two young men……..when you receive it, please tell these boys, that we, in law enforcement, will NEVER, Ever, forget, his Dad ……thank you for helping them……Fraternally, Dave Fischer, Retired NYPD, FOP lodge #100 Memorial lodge, NY, Executive Board member L.I. Shields NY (L.I.Shields.org) 10-4

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