City Council approves resolution honoring Inv. Mario Herrera

The Lincoln City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution honoring fallen LPD Investigator Mario Herrera. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution honoring fallen LPD Investigator Mario Herrera.

Police officers lined the back of the chamber as council members voted 5-0 to pass the measure.

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Several people, including Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, spoke about Herrera’s service and character.

“These past three weeks we have experienced a unity in our community that transcends the divisions of what can feel like a very polarized world,” she said. “Members of our community gave blood, gave donations, they gave whatever they could – fundraisers – for Investigator Herrera’s family.”

Gaylor Baird also said she looks forward to signing the resolution.

A criminal defense attorney who knew Herrera through work said Herrera was “one of the best individuals you could work with, even on the opposite side of the table.”

“He was a good guy,” she said. “He was one of the best, if not the best.”

Council members and others in attendance gave a standing ovation after the vote results were read.

You can read the full resolution below:

“WHEREAS, Lincoln Police Department Investigator Luis “Mario” Herrera served the 2 Lincoln Police Department with dignity and honor for 23 years as an officer and investigator; 3 WHEREAS, Investigator Herrera was injured in the line of duty, and after fighting for his 4 life for 12 days, Investigator Herrera passed away from his injuries on September 7, 2020; 5 WHEREAS, Investigator Herrera was a loyal police officer who served countless victims, 6 solved many crimes and protected Lincoln residents with great care, respect, perseverance and 7 compassion; 8 WHEREAS, Investigator Herrera was a devoted husband and father who leaves behind his 9 beloved wife and four children; 10 WHEREAS, Investigator Herrera was a faithful public servant who engaged in many
11 volunteer pursuits in our community; 12 WHEREAS, Investigator Herrera’s selfless bravery, devotion to duty and love of 13 community is an example to all of us; 14 WHEREAS, the City Council does hereby express condolences to all the loved ones; 15 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED Investigator Herrera shall be remembered and 16 honored; and that, in recognition of his dedicated, loyal and respected service the City Council 17 does hereby pay their highest tribute to the service and sacrifice of Investigator Herrera.”

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