M. Ketterer was appointed as a
boating-at-large Commissioner April 24, 2007.
Commissioner Ketterer was employed by the City of Harrisburg as the Tax and Enforcement Administrator from 1982 until his retirement in 2009. He is also the owner of Ketterer’s Rescue Products.
He has been an active member of Harrisburg River Rescue since 1972, and has been chief since 1986. He is also a
member of the Pennsylvania Water Rescue Strike Team 1.
He has been instrumental in the development of a number of water rescue and emergency management programs, including;
the Emergency Medical System for the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, the Commission's Water Rescue
Programs, River Rescue organizations in three municipalities within the State of New Jersey, and the
Pennsylvania Water Rescue Accreditation Program.
Commissioner Ketterer is a member of the Keystone Aquatic Club, Pennsylvania Boating Association, Inc., Pennsylvania
Water Rescue Instructors Association (board member). He was a member of the Commission's Boating Advisory
Board from 1997-2007 and a past president of the Pennsylvania Business Privilege and Mercantile Tax
He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including; the Commission's
Water Rescue Instructor of the Year Award in 1985 and 1986, Jaycee’s Young Man of the
Year Award in 1978, National Water Safety Conference Appreciation Award in 1989, Pennsylvania House
of Representatives Citation of Accommodation for Community Service in 1978, Pennsylvania State Police
Heroism Award (for rescuing a person from his car which was submerged in a frozen river), Governor
of Pennsylvania Award (for heroism during the flood of January 1996), Elks
Lodge #12 Distinguished Citizen Award for 2004 and the Mayor’s
(Harrisburg) Award for Valor for 2007 (for rescuing a man from the frozen Susquehanna River).
Commissioner Ketterer is a life-long resident of the City of Harrisburg, graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School,
and father of one son, Bradley. He enjoys jet skiing and operating his pontoon boat on the Susquehanna