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Police Historical Society: Sonny Kim obituary

Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim (Provided by the Greater Cincinnati Historical Society) Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim (Provided by the Greater Cincinnati Historical Society)

The Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society already has offered to assist the Cincinnati Police Department in the coming days as the agency reels its first line-of-duty death since 2000 and prepares to bury ones its own.

"May God take Sonny into his arms and let his perpetual light shine upon him," said retired Cincinnati Police Lt. Stephen Kramer, director of the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum.

Sonny Kim was born September 30, 1966, and attended Carl Shurz High School in Chicago, graduating in 1984. He then attended Truman College in Chicago and the University of Cincinnati until 1987.

While attending college, he worked at Baker's Shoes in the Tri-County Mall. 

During January 1985 he took a position as a security officer at Makro in Sharonville, at Gold Circle on Ridge Road, and finally at Value City on Winston Avenue until 1987.

On December 12, 1987, Sonny joined Cincinnati police as a recruit. He was promoted to police officer on May 1, 1988, and assigned to District 4. 

He was transferred to District 2 on September 24, 1989, and spent the rest of his policing career protecting and serving the citizens of east side communities like Madisonville, Hyde Park, Oakley and Evanston.

On June 19, 2015, at 9:10 a.m., Officer Kim was dispatched and responded to a call for service regarding a man with a gun. He arrived on scene at 9:19 a.m. 

Backup officers arrived at 9:26 a.m. and found Officer Kim down and shot in the chest. Cincinnati police and fire and University of Hospital personnel tried valiantly, but in vain, to save his life.

Officer Kim had served his community 27½ years and earned 21 letters of appreciation and/or commendation.

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