Olathe police officer dies while detailing motorcycle for presidential ride-along

An Olathe traffic officer fell dead of a heart attack while detailing his motorcycle in preparation for President Barack Obama’s visit to Kansas.

Michael Kern, a 43-year-old officer who was scheduled to be part of a presidential motorcade, died at home Tuesday while working on his motorcycle just a few minutes before his shift for the day was scheduled to end, according to the Olathe Police Department.

He had been with the Olathe force for more than 13 years after previously working for the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

The White House announced last week that Obama would come to Topeka Wednesday night and give a speech in Lawrence on Thursday.