Sergeant Steven Kenner Bismarck Police Department, North Dakota EoW: Friday, July 8, 2011

kennerBismarck Police Department, North Dakota

Sergeant
Steven Kenner

Bismarck Police Department, North Dakota
End of Watch: Friday, July 8, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 57
Tour of Duty: 32 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 8, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded

Agency Contact Information

Bismarck Police Department
700 S 9th Street
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: (701) 223-1212

Sergeant Steven Kenner was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance involving a man threatening a woman with a knife on East Broadway Avenue at 10:38 pm.
When he and another officer arrived at the scene the located the man sitting in a van. As the officers instructed the man to show his hands he opened fire, striking Sergeant Kenner. The suspect was wounded in the exchange of gunfire. Sergeant Kenner was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Sergeant Kenner had served with the Bismarck Police Department for 32 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Flags are at half-staff in memory of fallen officer Sgt. Steven Kenner.

People who knew him considered the man a “gentle giant.” He was a tall man, and could appear intimidating, but those who knew him considered him a kind, dedicated officer.

Kenner, 56, died Friday night after being shot. He and another officer were responding to a domestic disturbance call. He worked for the Bismarck Police Department for 32 years. He and his wife, Deb, have three children.

“I consider him a friend,” Police Chief Keith Witt said. “We worked the same hours, the night shift.

“He was a working sergeant, in the field doing the job,” Witt said.

He mentored other officers and helped with training. Traffic enforcement and accident investigations were his specialty. He was the “go-to” person when there was a question about an accident, he said.

He always seemed to be where the action was at, rescuing children from the river, helping revive a man who passed out and being bitten by more than one person he arrested.

Kenner was promoted to sergeant in 2000.  He had a distinguished career, earning a commendable service certificate for assisting officers during a medical call in 2007; and a North Dakota Peace Officers Association life-saving award in 1989 for helping resuscitate a man who had passed out. He was nominated for a Tribune award in 1994 for helping rescue three girls from the Missouri River in July 1993.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the national trustee for North Dakota. The Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement on its website.

“Steve, who served on the National FOP Board of Trustees, was a sincere and dedicated individual. A giant in stature, he will always be remembered for his kind and gentle disposition and selfless service to others,” it said.

Flags will remain at half-staff until after Kenner’s funeral. The police department is assisting the family with arrangements. The department also is offering counseling services to the family and employees. Officers also will wear black straps across their badges.

The department also is working to set up a memorial fund.

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2 Responses to “Sergeant Steven Kenner Bismarck Police Department, North Dakota EoW: Friday, July 8, 2011”


  1. 1 tom July 12, 2011 at 00:04

    RIP and thank you

  2. 2 david July 13, 2011 at 18:33

    rest in peace kenner


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