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Published July 11, 2011, 06:50 PM

Local law enforcement pays tribute to fallen officer

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Friends are remembering Sgt. Steve Kenner today as the "gentle giant." Those who knew Kenner, say the 32 year veteran was a good cop.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Friends are remembering Sgt. Steve Kenner today as the "gentle giant." Those who knew Kenner, say the 32 year veteran was a good cop.

Sgt. Mark Lykken – Fargo Police: “He was very friendly and open and could have a conversation with him. Just a great guy.”

When Sgt. Mark Lykken of the Fargo Police Department recalls his years as a patrol officer in Bismarck, he remembers a cop who was already considered a veteran. Steve Kenner.

Lykken: “I, being one of the youngest people out there, needed a lot of mentorship and he was a guy I could talk to and assist you and lend you a hand.”

In fact Kenner was known as that police officer who went out of his way to help young cops.

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And it when it comes to local law enforcement responding to domestics, the numbers are staggering. Fargo's Rape and Abuse seeing 1700 cases. Fargo Police responding to a majority of those cases.

“You don't know where the weapons might be or where someone is hiding.”

Sgt. Bill Allfelt patrols Fargo's streets mindful of several calls a week he and fellow officers take regarding domestic disputes.

Sgt. Bill Ahlfeldt – Fargo Police: “Then when you go there they are already agitated they are already angry at whom they are fighting with so they are a dangerous call.”

Ahlfelt and other Fargo officers today are wearing black bands on their badges, out of respect for Kenner. Kenner is the first police officer killed in the line of duty in Bismarck. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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