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Two honored at Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony

Two wreaths sit in front of the podium during the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony in...
Two wreaths sit in front of the podium during the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony in Grand Island.(KSNB)
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 3:57 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Various law enforcement agencies from across the state gathered in Grand Island Monday morning to honor two men lost while on active duty in the past two years.

The ceremony was held at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial as part of National Police Week.

Nebraska State Trooper Jerry Smith and Lincoln Police investigator Luis “Mario” Herrera had their names put on the wall of fallen officers while on active duty.

Governor Pete Ricketts delivered the keynote address to a large crowd.

“They protect the law and order of our nation that we are a republic founded on the rule of law and if it wasn’t for men like Mario and Jerry and all their brothers and sisters we would not have the greatest nation the world has ever seen that we have today,” he said.

Trooper Smith #373 was killed in the line of duty on June 20, 2019, when his cruiser was struck nearly head-on by another vehicle while he was patrolling on Highway 26 near Bridgeport.

Investigator Herrera was serving an arrest warrant in Lincoln August 26, 2020 when police said he was shot by a 17-year-old. He died nearly two weeks later from his injuries. The teen has since been charged with Herrera’s murder.

Other speakers included members of NSP, Lincoln Police, Attorney General Doug Peterson and Trooper Smith’s daughter. She shared how much support her family has received from her “Blue family.”

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