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Eleven officers of the Nebraska State Patrol have given their lives in the line of duty. This page pays tribute to them for making the ultimate sacrifice.

Their badge numbers have been retired and will never be issued again.

 

Trooper Loyal Zink, badge #43, was appointed to the Nebraska State Patrol in 1937. He gave his life in the line of duty on June 13, 1945, in an automobile accident while pursuing a suspect west of Sidney, Nebraska.
   
Trooper John Meistrell, badge #67, was appointed to the Nebraska State Patrol in 1940. He gave his life in the line of duty on April 10, 1953, in an automobile accident on icy roads north of Fremont, Nebraska.
   

Trooper Vernon Rolfs, badge #129, was appointed to the Nebraska State Patrol in 1950. He gave his life in the line of duty on May 30, 1953 when he was killed by gunfire after stopping a speeding motorist near North Platte, Nebraska.

   
Trooper Marvin Hansen, badge #98, was appointed to the Nebraska State Patrol in 1947. He gave his life in the line of duty on April 8, 1954, when he was killed by gunfire after stopping the driver of a stolen car near Valentine, Nebraska.
   
Trooper Duane Nichols, badge #133, was appointed to the Nebraska State Patrol in 1950. He gave his life in the line of duty on July 24, 1958, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident involving a drunk driver near Waterloo, Nebraska.
   
Trooper Raymond Koerber, badge #108, was appointed to the Nebraska State Patrol in 1947. He gave his life in the line of duty on September 18, 1961, in an automobile accident when he attempted to avoid colliding with a vehicle making an illegal turn near Plattsmouth, Nebraska.
   
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