May 9th through the 15th is National Police Week. Lt Russ Zeeb with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department serves as Chairman of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial Committee and says family, friends, fellow officers and dignitaries will gather on Monday for a ceremony commemorating Law Enforcement Memorial Day.
“We recognize officers that unfortunately have lost their lives across the country. In Nebraska we start that week off at the new memorial near Fonner park-State Fair Park in Grand Island and this year it will be held Monday morning at 10 am.”
Lt. Zeeb says the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial was dedicated last year. Its granite curved panels contain the names of those who died in the line of duty since 1866.
“131 officers from across the state including numerous ones from the Omaha-metro area, the Nebr. State Patrol, the Department of Corrections and other agencies were dedicated there last year on the memorial.”
Lt. Zeeb says another name will be added to the memorial this year.
“And unfortunately this year we have to add the name of Deputy Christopher Johnson who was killed last August in Platte County near Columbus, Nebraska in an automobile crash responding to an emergency call.”
The $400,000 monument was funded by private donations and Lt. Zeeb says it is important that this memorial exists.
“A fitting tribute to the men who have given their lives, made the ultimate sacrifice. The way I like to remember this it is a place for their families to know that these officers gave their lives and the citizens of Nebraska appreciate their service and dedication.”
Lt. Zeeb says a number of law enforcement agencies will hold their own ceremonies throughout National Police Week.