This is National Police Week, a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.
The Nebraska State Patrol hosted a memorial ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Patrol’s Troop E Headquarters in Scottsbluff.
Captain Jamey Balthazor told those in attendance that each year on average, nearly 150 police officers across our country pay that ultimate price.
He said this week, and today’s ceremony in particular, are about honoring those officers.
Several agencies had members in attendance Tuesday as senior State Patrol officers were joined by Scottsbluff Police Chief Kevin Spencer and Gering Police Chief George Holthus in reading off the names of fallen Nebraska officers.
A memorial wreath was then laid and officers stood in salute as the flag was lowered to half staff prior to the playing of taps.