By: Jenn Schanz
Meet Skinny, the Omaha Police Department's newest patrolman.
At age 12, he's got quite the resume- having been ridden in rodeos and in the mountains.
But what's most special about this horse, is his owner.
Skinny belonged to Vicki Bourg, a Lincoln Police officer who passed away in 2011.
"Vicki was the only one that could catch him. So if I needed to use him for something I had to send her out there. He saw me coming, and was like no way," says Jesse Roberts, Vicki's husband.
Vicki lost her battle with cancer at just 40-years-old.
Those who knew her well say she was fun, outgoing, and always spoke her mind.
She was dedicated to helping others, working as a school resource officer at Lincoln Northstar.
Education was one of her many passions, one she focused on long after school was out.
Friends and family founded a scholarship in her honor that benefits LPS students.
"Whatever we can do you know, to keep that scholarship fund going in her name. I mean, that's what it's all about," Roberts says.
He's hoping the donation will not only honor Vicki's career in law enforcement, but that it will raise awareness about the scholarship.
"Some of her last words were 'remember me,' and I think by doing this you know, this will help us with money for the scholarship fund."
The Omaha Police Department was delighted to welcome its newest member.
"We've done some review with Jesse about Vicki and her horse, Skinny here. And we've decided Skinny might be a really good fit for our unit," says Tammy Mitchell, Sergeant for the Mounted Patrol Unit.
Skinny will go through a variety of training and tests to make sure he's fit for active duty, patrol officers say it's a special honor to have Vicki's horse on staff.
To learn more about Vicki and the Memorial Scholarship, visit http://www.vickibourg.com/.