"When a Police Officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an Officer, it's an entire nation". This page is in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting with the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as the National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. National Police week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to Honoring America's Law Enforcement community. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum will hold the 32nd annual Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern.
The memorial honors 22,217 officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This year, the names of 307 fallen law enforcement officers - 135 of which we lost in the line of duty in 2019. The other 172 are the names of officers who fell in years prior and who are now being recognized.
The current crisis that our nation is facing has led to the cancellation of public gatherings in Washington, DC, during National Police Week 2020. Therefore, the names of the fallen 307 law enforcement officers being added to the Memorial will be formally dedicated during a virtual Candlelight Vigil. The memorial, in partnership with Verizon, will broadcast the Vigil on May 13, 2020, at 8:00 pm globally.
Please register at https://LawMemorial.org/VirtualCandlelightVigil to watch the video with your family and friends and light a Virtual Candle in honor of your officer.
Nebraska is honoring two heroes this year, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Trooper Jerry Smith, Jr., Nebraska State Patrol
End of Watch: 07.20.2019
Trooper Smith was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle in Morrill County.
Trooper Smith was a U.S. Army Veteran and served the Nebraska State Patrol for five years.
Trooper Smith is survived by his wife and adult children.
Deputy Jailer Randy Haddix, Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: 07.09.2018
Deputy Jailer Haddix passed away as the result of a heart attach suffered while participating in custody and control certification class at the Scottsbluff County Jail in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Deputy Jailer Haddix was a National Guard Veteran and served with the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office for three months. He previously served with the Broken Bow Police Department for fifteen years.
Deputy Jailer Haddix is survived by his wife, sister, and two brothers.
Please visit our Ultimate Sacrifice page in honor of those who have paid the ultimate price while proudly serving with the Cheyenne County Sheriff Office.
Sheriff James Nelson was shot and killed while looking for a state mental hospital escapee who had just forced his father at gunpoint to withdraw $600 from a bank in Sidney. Sheriff Nelson and his deputy stopped the subject in Sidney. As Sheriff Nelson exited his patrol car he was shot in the head. The man then shot and wounded the deputy before fleeing. The man was shot and killed after being located by a posse several hours later.
Deputy Jailer Randy Haddix passed away as a result of a heart attack he suffered while participating in a custody and control certification class at the Scottsbluff County Jail in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on July 6th, 2018. He was transported to a local hospital before being flown to the Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, Colorado, where he passed away on July 9th, 2018.