A trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol was killed in a crash Thursday morning while on duty in Morrill County, according to a news release from the agency.
At about 7:45 a.m. local time, Trooper Jerry Smith was traveling on U.S. 26 about 2 miles west of Bridgeport when the driver of a 2004 Dodge pickup crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on, according to Morrill County Sheriff Milo Cardenas.
Smith, 51, and the driver of the pickup, who hadn't been identified as of Thursday evening, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Cardenas said the driver of the pickup had swerved to avoid a third car that was stopped in the highway, waiting to turn left.
The crash remains under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.
Smith, of Scottsbluff, joined the state patrol in 2014 after serving in the Army from 1986 to 2011.
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The Trenton, Missouri, police officer shot in Winston, Missouri, last week said in a Facebook post she was able to meet two good Samaritans who helped her during the shooting.
Jasmine Diab posted a photo of herself, Rick Shannon and Jason Gamm to the Facebook group “Helping Jasmine Diab” Tuesday evening.
Diab was shot during a struggle with a prisoner, 38-year-old Jamey Griffin, who was trying to grab Diab’s handgun. Diab was transporting Griffin to St. Joseph, Missouri, for a mental evaluation.
She said Shannon and Gamm helped get her attacker off her, and that she may had died from blood loss if they had not stepped in.
“I was lost for words and overly emotional as these two gentlemen entered the room,” Diab wrote in the post.
“I may be a hero but these two will always be my heroes,” she said.
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If Officer Tara O’Sullivan’s funeral will take place sometime next week, Thursday’s Sacramento Police Academy graduation felt like a celebration of the last year of her life.
Fifty-six newly commissioned police officers walked the stage at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, just six months after O’Sullivan did so and a mere 24 hours after she was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call in north Sacramento. O’Sullivan’s life and death hung over the ceremony well beyond the opening moment of silence in her name. In his first public comments since O’Sullivan’s death, Chief Daniel Hahn asked attendees to celebrate the recruits while also remembering the fallen officer. He recalled how O’Sullivan had volunteered to run five miles uphill with the recruits just a few weeks ago, and how she paid the ultimate price for helping a woman in need Wednesday.
A Mission police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday night after being waved down regarding an armed person, leaving a community devastated and authorities investigating the circumstances that led to the deadly incident.
The officer, who has not been identified, was hospitalized at McAllen Medical Center after being shot in the vicinity of Stewart Road and Business 83 in Mission. He died later that night, according to Lt. Art Flores, spokesman for the Mission Police Department.
According to a statement from the city of Mission, the officer had been waved down “for a suspect with a weapon” and “gave his life protecting us.”
The suspected shooter, who has also not been identified, was arrested, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Texas Rangers are currently investigating.
Before the officer’s death was confirmed, the city addressed the shooting early Thursday evening, stating “with a heavy heart” that the officer was shot “while protecting our community.”
A retired NYPD detective who joined comedian/activist Jon Stewart last week to plead with Congress to extend the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, is now in the care of a Rockville Centre hospice.
In a Facebook post, Luis Alvarez, 53, who contracted cancer from his work at Ground Zero after the 2001 terrorist attacks, wrote that he entered the hospice shortly after appearing with Stewart June 11 at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing.
“I’m still here and still fighting … I’m now in hospice, because [there] is nothing else the doctors can do to fight the cancer,” wrote Alvarez, who has advanced liver cancer.
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who co-sponsored the legislation extending the fund along with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), said Alvarez is at Good Shepherd Hospice in Rockville Centre.
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