James Kettler had wanted to be a Fireman since childhood, however, his life took a few different turns along the way. A native of Cincinnati, he graduated from Roger Bacon High School in 1991. After graduation, James attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Accounting, but soon decided to switch to join the United States Navy in 1994. After serving his time in the Navy, Captain Kettler set off to attend the Cincinnati Police Academy and, in 1998, joined the Cincinnati Police Department as a Patrol Officer in District 2. He is proud to say that PO Sonny Kim was his mentor, friend and Field Officer Trainer while he was protecting our city in District 2.
It was in 2001 that James decided to pursue his lifelong childhood dream and become a Cincinnati Fireman. Working in his band of brotherhood, he moved his way up the ranks and became a Captain in 2009. Currently, he has been assigned to Station E34 in Clifton, which happens to be the city’s second oldest firehouse. Captain Kettler is excited to be participating in this event and is raising money for the family of his fellow fallen brother, FAO Daryl Gordon, who died in the line of duty on March 26th, 2015.
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