Cross at CHI St. Elizabeth shines blue and white in honor of Inv. Mario Herrera
The cross at CHI St. Elizabeth Hospital near 7oth and 'O' is shining blue and white this week in honor of Investigator Mario Herrera, the Lincoln Police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The cross at CHI St. Elizabeth Hospital near 70th and ‘O’ is shining blue and white this week in honor of Investigator Mario Herrera, the Lincoln Police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty.
When Herrera wasn’t on the clock as a Lincoln Police Officer, he worked security at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 22 years, keeping the employees and patients safe at one of Lincoln’s biggest hospitals. Health Officials saying it was important for them to do something to honor the man that dedicated his life to not only the entire Lincoln community but the hospital as well.
“I hope it’s seen as an important thing to all that drive by it on 70th Street” Derek Vance, the President of CHI St.Elizabeth, said.
Several CHI St. Elizabeth employees spoke to Channel 8 News, everyone talking about Herrera’s contagious smile and the fun energy he brought around.
“The last few weeks he has been gone, we definitely have noticed. We are going to miss his smile, his loud voice and those dad jokes” Amber Cleand, a CHI St. Elizabeth employee, said.
The hospital has also started a fund to raise money for the Herrera family, his wife and four children. Just last week a Registered Nurse at St. Elizabeth’s donated a table full of home grown vegetables. If you are interested in donating to the Herrera Family, click here.