Herrera first officer killed in line of duty in more than half-century
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Lincoln community is in mourning Monday morning after learning Inv. Mario Herrera passed away, after a two-week-long fight for his life.
Not only is this news tragic, but shocking, as it marks the first officer killed in the line of duty in over 50 years, according to Lincoln Police.
Before Inv. Herrera, it was 25-year-old Officer George Welter, who died in February of 1968 when his police motorcycle collided with another vehicle. He was responding to an emergency call at the time, with his lights and siren activated.
While the first recorded death by Lincoln Police was 53-year-old Captain Charles Hall in March of 1917. He was involved in a motor vehicle accident when in pursuit of a stolen vehicle.
On record, the Lincoln community has seen six officers killed on duty since 1917.
For a full list of these officers, click here.