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The faces and names you will see and read about are those of law enforcement officers who have died in Nebraska. Each was a member of a family. of a community, and dedicated his life to protecting the citezens of Nebraska. We honor them.

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Deputy Christopher Johnson, Platte County
Deputy Christopher Johnson was killed in an automobile accident while responding to another accident call on Highway 91. His patrol car collided with a tractor trailer that was attempting to make a left turn in front of him. Deputy Johnson had served with the Platte County Sheriff's Office for three years. Deputy Johnson had previously served at the Walthill Police Department, Walthill, Nebraska from May 2001 to August 2002, and with the West Point Police Department, West Point, Nebraska from August 2002 to February 2006. He is survived by his wife and son.

Sergeant Ron Phillips, Polk County
Sergeant Ron Phillips, a Polk County Deputy Sheriff, died on Monday, January 26, 2004, from a heart attack suffered after attempting to dig out his patrol car during a snow storm. Having made his "on duty" call, Sergeant Phillips became stuck in the snow and attempted to free the vehicle himself. He eventually called a tow truck, whose driver discovered Phillips slumped over in the front seat. Emergency personnel were immediately dispatched, however he was later pronounced dead at Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center in Osceola. Sergeant Phillips was 56 years old and is survived by his wife, Jennifer and his two sons, Shannon and Matthew.

Sergeant Jason "Tye" Pratt, Douglas County
Omaha Police Sergeant Jason "Tye" Pratt died on September 19, 2003, after being shot on September 11, 2003. He was shot in the head after a suspect ran from a traffic stop. Sgt. Pratt's partner returned fire, killing the suspect. Sergeant Pratt, at age 30, he was a seven-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department. Pratt left behind a wife, Stacy, and two daughters. He was promoted to Sergeant during his time in the hospital prior to his death.

Officer Eric L. Ottis, Douglas County
Bennington Reserve Officer Eric L. Ottis was killed on February 10, 2002, near the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center outside of Grant Island. Ottis' vehicle was struck by another vehicle as he was leaving the training center. A contributing factor to the accident was a missing stop sign, knocked down the previous day, that had not yet been replaced.

Officer Gregory A. Holloway, Sheridan County
Gordon Officer Gregory A. Holloway was killed instantly at about 1:25 a.m. on Sunday, November 28, 1999, when his patrol car was struck nearly head-on with a pickup truck. Officer Holloway was responding to a report of an accident east of Gordon when the collision occurred. The driver of the pickup truck was westbound and making a left turn into a parking lot when the two vehicles collided. Officer Holloway was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was later arrested and charged in connection with Holloway's death. Officer Holloway was 36 years old and survived by his wife and four children.

NE State Trooper Mark P. Wagner, Lincoln County
Nebraska State Trooper Mark P. Wagner died at about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 1999, as a result of an accidental gunshot wound received in a tragic training exercise. Wagner and several other troopers were participating in handgun retention training at Troop "D" Headquarters in North Platte when the accidental shooting occurred. Trooper Wagner was 37 years old and survived by his wife, Denise, and three children.

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth J. Wolf, Frontier County
Deputy Sheriff Kenneth J. Wolf died on April 29, 1997, as a result of a heart attack suffered while on duty. Deputy Wolf had responded to a report of an individual injured while working on a power pole. He responded and carried the injured subject from the scene to the roadway. Afterward, Wolf suffered chest pains and died from a sudden heart attack. Deputy Wolf died on his 51st birthday. His wife, Jeanette, along with his two daughters and one son, survived him.  Deputy Wolf's brother-in-law, Gothenburg Police Seargant Glenn Haas, will also be listed on the Memorial. In 1990 Seargent Haas was shot in the station lobby and later died in a Kearney hospital.

Special Agent Kevin J. Kramer, Douglas County
Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Kevin J. Kramer was killed at about 7:20 a.m. on April 14, 1996, in a one-vehicle accident near Jordan, Montana. Agent Kramer was killed while on special assignment during the "Freeman Standoff." Kramer was alone in the vehicle when he lost control on a county road. He was ejected from the vehicle and died from his injuries. FBI Agent Kremer was 34 years old and survived by his wife, Heidi.

Officer Jimmy B. Wilson, Jr., Douglas County
Omaha Officer Jimmy B. Wilson, Jr. died at about 5:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21, 1995, from several gunshot wounds. Officer Wilson was shot at about 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 1995, while initiating a traffic stop on a vehicle near 40th and Blondo. A suspect in the stopped vehicle stepped out and opened fire on Officer Wilson while he was still seated in his patrol car. Officer Wilson was rushed to the hospital where he was listed in grave condition until he passed away the following morning. Officer Wilson was 24 years old and engaged to be married at the time of his death.

Officer Joel R. Conklin, Adams County
Hastings Officer Joel R. Conklin was shot and killed at about 10:05 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 1993, while responding to a report of a disturbance at a residence. Officer Conklin died after being shot by a 35 year-old male subject at the scene of the call. The suspect escaped but later committed suicide when confronted by law enforcement officers searching for him. Officer Conklin was 37 years of age and is survived by his wife, Debra, and daughter, Tracy.

Sergeant Glenn H. Haas, Dawson County
Gothenburg Police Sergeant Glenn H. Haas was shot in the front lobby of the police department at about 3:15 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 1990. A local 17 year-old male who had earlier been cited for criminal mischief, had come to the police department asking to speak to an officer. Sgt. Haas, who was present but off-duty and in plainclothes, responded to the request and was shot as he stepped out of the office entrance and into the lobby. He was struck once with a 30.06 round fired from a rifle the suspect had hidden around a corner. Sgt. Haas was taken to the Gothenburg Hospital and later life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, where he passed away. The suspect was later arrested and convicted, and is serving a life sentence. Sergeant Haas was 42 years old and survived by his wife, Janet, and two children.  Janet's brother will also be listed in the Memorial. He was Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Wolf of Frontier County, who died of a heart attack suffered while on duty in 1997.

NE State Trooper Donald Matejka, Madison County
Nebraska State Trooper Donald Matejka died on Wednesday, December 27, 1989, at about 11:20 p.m. Trooper Matejka and Trooper Bob Totten had responded to a domestic violence call at a mobile home park north of Norfolk just off Highway #81. Matejka and Totten contacted a subject later identified as Randy Rogers. While Totten spoke with Rogers, Matejka spoke with the female subject involved. When Rogers attempted to leave he was stopped by Matejka. A struggle occurred and Matejka suffered a heart attack. Matejka was transported to Norfolk Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Trooper Matejka was 56 years old and survived by his wife, Carolyn, and four children.

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