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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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Sergeant Jerry L. Sukstorf, Lincoln County
North Platte Police Sergeant Jerry L. Sukstorf died of a heart attack at about 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 1987, only a short 40 minutes after a violent altercation with a suspected drunk driver. Sgt. Sukstorf stopped a subject identified as Joseph Burke at about 2:15 a.m. and attempted to arrest him for DWI. The suspect resisted, Sukstorf called for assistance, and two additional officers responded. The officers struggled with and finally subdued Burke, after which they took him to an area hospital. There, Burke continued his resistance and assaulted the officers again. Sukstorf was visibly ill after the altercations, but chose to stay on duty. After returning to patrol, Sukstorf suffered a heart attack while driving, and his cruiser struck a house. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. Sukstorf was 53 years old and survived by his wife, Nancy.

Deputy Sheriff Craig D. Dodge, Lancaster County
Deputy Sheriff Craig D. Dodge was shot and killed at about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 1987, while responding to a domestic violence call at an apartment building in Hickman. When he arrived, Dodge could hear commotion inside the apartment. Knowing a woman's life was in danger, and with backup still minutes away, Dodge advised his communications center that an assault was in progress and went into the apartment building to intervene. He attempted to talk to a male suspect through a slightly opened door, when the man produced a hidden handgun and shot Dodge in the face. Captured about 20 minutes after killing Dodge, the suspect, Terry Reynolds, was later convicted of the lawman's death. Deputy Dodge was 42 years old and survived by his wife, Barbara.

NE State Trooper Robert J. Chab, Richardson County
Nebraska State Trooper Robert J. Chab died at about 3:45 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 1984, about three miles east of Falls City on Highway #159 after being struck by a car driven by an elderly female. Trooper Chab and Trooper Don Shepard were assigned to conduct a traffic checkpoint at that location and had been working traffic prior to the collision. Chab was killed when the woman failed to heed the posted warnings and struck another car prior to striking Trooper Chab. She later stated she didn't see a trooper or the warning signs. Trooper Chab was 45 years old and survived by his wife, Theresa, and two sons.

Deputy Sheriff Michael T. McManigal, Dakota County
Deputy Sheriff Michael T. McManigal died from injuries suffered in a collision at about 2:15 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 1982. Deputy McManigal was responding to a report of an explosion when he collided with a state patrol trooper responding to the same report. The collision occurred at the junction of U.S. #20 and West 29th Street. The other trooper was not seriously injured. Deputy McManigal was 35 years old and survived by his wife, Pamela, and three children.

Officer Edward J. Krejci, Gosper County
Conservation Officer Edward J. Krejci died from an accidental gunshot wound to the throat at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 1982. Krejci had gone to the Elwood Reservoir after eating lunch with State Park Superintendent C. L. "Brownie" Wamsley. Krejci told Wamsley that he planned to do some target practice after lunch and invited him to accompany him. Wamsley arrived a few minutes later and discovered Krejci face down in the snow at the bottom of a steep embankment. Officer Krejci was later pronounced dead at the scene. He was 40 years old and survived by his wife, Rita, and five children.

NE State Trooper Michael D. Farber, Hamilton County
Nebraska State Trooper Michael D. Farber was struck by a motor vehicle and killed at about 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, 1980, during an attempt to stop a suspect involved in a pursuit. Trooper Farber died about six miles east of Aurora on Interstate 80. A 15 year-old suspect had failed to pay for gas at the Pleasant Dale Interchange west of Lincoln, and another trooper stopped the suspect near the Utica exit. The individual tried to escape and the trooper gave chase. Farber took up a position along I-80 near the Hampton Interchange and waited for the pursuit to approach his location. As the suspect approached Farber's position, he suddenly swerved into the eastbound lane still headed west. Farber had deployed his patrol car in the median and as the suspect approached, his car suddenly swerved off the interstate and into Farber and his unit. Farber was killed instantly. Trooper Farber was 24 years old and survived by his wife, Colleen. The couple was expecting their first child who, following his birth, was named after his father.

Deputy Sheriff Charles E. Dobbertin, Douglas County
Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Charles E. Dobbertin was shot at about 1:10 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 1977, and died from his wounds four days later at about 3:45 p.m. Deputy Dobbertin was off-duty and in downtown Omaha when he witnessed a thief taking items from a UPS vehicle. Dobbertin chased the suspect and was struck in the face with a radio antenna as he rounded a corner. The 20 year-old suspect then obtained Dobbertin's service revolver and shot him before fleeing. The suspect was captured and charged with Dobbertin's death following an extensive investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and area law enforcement officers. Dobbertin was 41 years old and survived by his wife, Catherine, and three children.

Captain Dennis F. Lipari, Douglas County
Douglas County Captain Dennis F. Lipari was shot at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 1977, while off-duty. Captain Lipari, his family, and two other deputies were eating at Club 89 in Southwest Omaha. The club was filled with some 200 people when a lone gunman entered and began firing into the crowd with a shotgun. Lipari was hit and died at about 7:59 p.m. at Bergan-Mercy Hospital. The gunman wounded 24 other club patrons. Captain Lipari was 39 years old and was survived by his wife, Ruth.

Police Officer Gary R. White, Otoe County
Nebraska City Police Officer Gary R. White was shot and killed at about 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 1977, at the rear of the police department in Nebraska City. Officer White and Officer Pete Rishel were attempting to contact a subject driving a pickup truck in the alley. The officers believed the driver of the truck was wanted in connection with a domestic assault that had occurred earlier. As the officers approached the truck, the driver produced a shotgun and fired at both officers. White was stuck under his protective vest and collapsed. Rishel was wounded but was able to return fire. The suspect escaped but was arrested near York on I-80 at a rest area. Officer White was 24 years old and single at the time of his death. White had been a police officer for nine days.

Police Officer James M. Richardson II, York County
York Police Officer James M. Richardson II was shot and killed at about 10:35 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 1977, while responding to a disturbance call at 1520 Blackburn Ave. When Richardson arrived, he stepped out to assess the situation. He was shot near his parked patrol car and staggered about 25 feet before falling on the lawn of the Arbor Drive Baptist Church. A 17 year-old suspect was apprehended about an hour later near the York Middle School. Officer Richardson was 24 years old and single at the time of his death.

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