"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.
National Police Week occurs every May, and in 2022 we will be commemorating it with live, in-person events. National Police Week will be observed from May 11–17. The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will hold ceremonies, including the 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil, to honor the fallen officers whose names have recently been added to the Memorial.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.
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.
Mel Plummer, age 79, passed away on 12/24/2020. Mel worked for the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office from June 26th, 2006 until his retirement on March 28th, 2015. At the time of his retirement Mel had earned the rank of Major and was in charge of the Cheyenne County Jail. Mel also served Cheyenne County for a time as the Civil Defense Coordinator.
For those who had the opportunity to serve with Mel, it was an honor. The Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, and the citizens of Cheyenne County thank you for your service.
Rest easy Major, we've got the watch from here
It is with deep sorrow and great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our own, Corrections Officer Cory Glanz. CO Glanz passed away at 12:52 pm on December 13th after a several weeks long battle after having had surgery. Our sincere condolences go out to all of CO Glanz’s family and especially to his two daughters. If you knew CO Glanz at all, you knew that his daughters meant the world to him. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We would also ask everyone in our community to please embrace the Glanz family as they mourn the loss of their loved one.
I have always found comfort in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and would like to share those words with you now:
Everything Has Its Time
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
This is our time for mourning. It has been a roller coaster ride during these last few weeks with bad news followed by improvement only to be met with another round of bad news. CO Glanz was a fighter to the very end. But knowing that there is a time for everything, including dying, we can take solace in the knowledge that God has a plan for all of us. In His infinite wisdom, God decided to call CO Glanz home so that he could now rest easy from the trials and woes of this world, so we say to CO Glanz, “Rest easy my brother, we’ll take the watch from here.”
Adam E. Frerichs, Sheriff
Cheyenne County Sheriff, Adam E. Frerichs, and the entire Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office would like to express our sincere condolences to the Ron Gusman family. The strongest people in Law Enforcement are often not those that wear the badge, they are the families that support those individuals that choose to go down this noble path.
Ron was a true sheepdog and has watched over our community for the last 46 years, 33 years as a Nebraska State Trooper attaining the rank of Sergeant, and 13 years as the Veterans Service Officer for Cheyenne County. Prior to that Ron served in the United States Army where he became an M.P.
How do you summarize someone's life? What is the standard that should be applied? Often peoples lives are described as "They were successful". By all measures Ron was successful in everything he did in life, but Ron always had much bigger goals in mind than success. Ron lived his life in a way that wasn't focused on himself, it was focused on the people around him and the positive impact he could make in others lives to make them better.
Everything Ron did in his life was centered around taking care of, and protecting others. Serving his country in the United States Army, protecting his state and community as a Nebraska State Trooper, seeking out every Veteran and making sure they were supported and were receiving the benefits they had earned and deserved.
Every single thing Ron accomplished in his life was selfless. His mission was to have a positive impact on others, to make their lives better, and to find a way to make a lasting impression that they would carry with them and pass on to others.
Ron achieved far more than success in his life. Ron achieved the ultimate goal. The goal that every single person should strive for. The goal that guarantees others will want to use his life as a shining example and they will remember the good he instilled in them forever. Ron's goal was to live a life that was "significant".
Well Sergeant Gusman, Mission Accomplished!
Rest in Peace Brother
To my human partner -
My eyes are your eyes, to watch and protect you and yours.
My ears are your ears, to hear and detect evil minds in the dark.
My nose is your nose, to scent the invader of your domain.
And so you may live, my life is also yours.