Individuals, Fire Departments Recognized During 2019 Governor Flood Heroes Ceremony

Individuals, Fire Departments Recognized During 2019 Governor Flood Heroes Ceremony
Courtesy of Office of Governor Pete Ricketts. (left to right): Governor Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore pose for a photo with Garry Greving, President of the Nebraska Airboaters Association.

LINCOLN – A ceremony was held earlier this week recognizing several dozen heroes who helped save lives during the 2019 flooding in Nebraska.

According to a release from the office of Governor Pete Ricketts, the Governor and First Lady Susanne Shore were joined by Major General Daryl L. Bohac (Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard) and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Assistant Director Bryan Tuma to present the honors.

The ceremony was held in the State Capitol Rotunda Tuesday.

Nominations were first submitted in June for the Flood Heroes honor as hundreds of names were received. The State Capitol ceremony is the first of several ways the Governor and First Lady plan to honor heroes from the 2019 floods over the course of the next year.

James Wilke, a farmer from Columbus, was the first Flood Hero recognized as he sacrificed his life while volunteering to save a stranded motorist.

The Governor and First Lady then presented an award to air crewmen and coordinators with the Nebraska National Guard while also a group of brave men from the Fremont area were honored for their heroism.

To read short bios of the other individuals recognized at Tuesday’s ceremony, click here. An album of photos from Tuesday’s event is also available by clicking here.

Fire Department Honorees who attended the ceremony:

Ainsworth Fire Department

Cedar Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Fremont Fire Department

Lynch Volunteer Fire Department Chief

Mead Volunteer Fire Department Chief

Monroe Volunteer Fire Department Chief

Nickerson Volunteer Fire Department

North Bend Volunteer Fire Department

Pierce Volunteer Fire Department

Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Waterloo Fire Department


Other Fire Departments being honored, but unable to attend the ceremony include:

Chapman Fire Department

Fremont Rural Volunteer Fire Department

O’Neill Volunteer Fire Department

Pleasanton Fire Department

Spencer Volunteer Fire Department

Wood River Volunteer Fire Department