National Law Enforcement Week – Paying Respect

Posted: May 11, 2010 in Uncategorized
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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   



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