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Omaha Police Officers Receive Commendation for Rescue

(pictured left to right back row: Officer Kelly Murphy, Commissioner Ron Stave, Officer Mark Kiley, Officer Jake Bettin; front row: Officer Nick Andrews, Officer Bryant Wheatley)

Four Omaha police officers received commendations January 18 at the Game and Parks Commission meeting in Omaha.  The citations of achievement, presented by Game and Parks Commissioner Ron Stave, were for their “…selfless action performed in the line of duty and in saving the lives of others.”

Last November 18 at 12:30 p.m. the officers responded to a call of a capsized boat at Carter Lake. The officers entered the frigid water, saving the lives of Kay Dunn, her son, Nathaniel Nelson, and their dog.

The boaters and one of the officers suffered from exposure and early-stage hypothermia, according to Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman.

Officer Kelly Murphy, who was on patrol in the area, witnessed  the boat capsizing and dispatched for help.  Mark Kiley, Bryant Wheatley, Jake Bettin and Nick Andrews arrived at the lake to assist with the rescue and swam 50 to 60 yards from shore to help the boaters and their dog, Buster.

The two could have died without the officers’ quick response, said Sgt. Jeff Baker. He called their actions “exceptionally brave and decisive.”

Watch Police Video’s of the Rescue

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