Archive for May, 2010

Well next Friday, May 28th the Game & Parks Commissioners will take up the issue of lifting the ban regarding alcohol in state parks.  Naturally, they want to address this on Friday of Memorial Day weekend a traditional time when families make plans to get together, attend weddings and prepare for graduations.

From MADD’s perspective it certainly appears as if the Game & Parks Commissioners are not that interested in public sentiment.  MADD does not have an opinion on lifting the ban regarding consumption as we are not against the legal consumption of alcohol.  Nevertheless, we strongly support community interaction on matters of this nature.  Please take time to voice your concerns to the commissioners:  send in your comments prior to Wednesday, May 26th.

I want to reiterate that MADD is true to the mission: to stop drunk driving, support victims impacted by this violent crime (trust me several families have been severely impacted by drunk driving and boating at the lakes) and prevent underage drinking.

As executive director, I can assure you MADD has strong concerns about the ability of the Game & Parks to sustain a budget that ensures proper enforcement will take place and assure Nebraskans  that we will not see the quality of camping life change.

The number of alcohol-related boating fatalities, alone, is a strong concern for us here at MADD and even more so for the county sheriff’s where lakes are an active part of the community.  Nebraskans should send a message to the Game & Parks Commissioners that if our alcohol laws are violated you will be held accountable.  We are a society of laws.

Always know that Governor Heineman has the last say as ALL rules & regulations must pass through the Attorney General’s office and then go to the Governor for his approval. Whatever your stance it is imperative that you let the Governor know your stand so he can act in the best interest of those who elected him to the post.


On behalf of MADD and our members across the state, the state office attended the Law Enforcement Memorial dedication in Grand Island. It was a moving experience and a reminder that law enforcement daily put their lives on the line to ensure that the public is safe from harm.  To that end, here at MADD we want to extend our gratitude for the work done by law enforcement across our state to serve and to protect as we go about our daily lives.

 I  want to take a moment to direct you to the National Law Enforcement website:  

Here you can see that more than 300 officers across the United States have put their lives on the line for all of us.  Sadly, here in Nebraska we too had a fallen officer who was killed in the line of duty in Platte County, August of 2009. 

Fallen Officers Remembered

Memorial Honoring Nebraska's Fallen Officers

(Grand Island, NE)-  Family, friends, fellow officers and the public gathered at Fire Station #1, in Grand Island on Monday, May 10, 2010, to pay tribute to the 131 Nebraska officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The 10:00 a.m., ceremony planned for the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial was moved due to inclement weather.   The ceremony featured bagpipes from the Omaha Police Department; Colors were presented by the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C-Grand Island Honor Guard.  Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy and Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale provided remarks.  Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Colonel Bryan Tuma was among the numerous state and local dignitaries attending the observance.

Denice Wagner, wife of fallen Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Mark Wagner #168, provided a survivor perspective.  Trooper Wagner was killed during a training accident on March 4, 1999.

Platte County Sheriff Jon Zavadil dedicated the name of Platte County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Johnson.  Deputy Johnson was killed in the line of duty, in an August 2009 car crash, while responding to a call.  

The Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial was dedicated during National Police Week 2009.  Funds for the $400,000.00 dark grey granite memorial containing the names of Nebraska officers killed in the line of duty were raised through private donations. 

For more information on the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial and how you can donate, visit the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial Committee web site at