Family of slain Trooper given piece of NSP history

Col. John Bolduc of the Nebraska State Patrol, right, and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley present the family of Trooper George Amos with a frame holding a Aug. 9, 1972, warning card Amos issued. Amos was killed in the line of duty on April 20, 1973.

LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Patrol presented a small piece of NSP history Thursday to the family of Trooper George Amos, who was killed in the line of duty on April 20, 1973.

Recently, another family discovered an old warning card issued by NSP in August 1972, the patrol said.

Thinking the document might have historical significance, the family gave it to NSP personnel, who immediately recognized that the card had been issued by Amos, one of 11 Nebraska state troopers to have fallen in the line of duty.

With many of Amos’ family members in attendance Thursday at the Nebraska State Capitol, Col. John Bolduc presented that warning card, issued by Trooper Amos on Aug. 9, 1972, to his widow and two sons.

“We strive to keep the families of the fallen close,” Bolduc said. “We try to support them at the time and we make sure that their name and their legacy of service is never forgotten.”

Amos began his service with NSP in 1970. He was 28 when he was killed with his own weapon during an Interstate 80 traffic stop near Lexington.

“We are honored that, so many years have passed, but when this ticket was found that the State Patrol wanted to recognize my dad,” said Mike Amos, son of Trooper Amos. “We just pray for the protection of the officers today and we hope that nobody else has to go through what we went through so many years ago.”

NSP has a police service dog named to honor Trooper Amos. PSD Amos and his handler, Trooper Brent Potthoff, are stationed in Sidney and attended Thursday’s event.

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