Officer Down: Nebraska State Patrol Lt. Loveless passed away after battling cancer

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OMAHA, NE – After 33 years of serving the fine state of Nebraska, Lt. Craig Loveless of the Nebraska State Patrol passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

On March 27th, Lt. Loveless succumbed to cancer at the age of 54-years-old.

He joined the Nebraska State Patrol in 1987, starting his career within Omaha in the Patrol Division. By 1994, he saw himself transferred over to Investigative Services where he spent numerous years working within the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force.

Come 2005, after nearly 20 years in, he was then promoted to Sergeant while he was stationed at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island, serving as the Special Operations Coordinator. After nine years working at the academy, Loveless achieved the rank of Lieutenant.

For the remainder of his career after his 2014 promotion, Lt. Loveless served at the Patrol Division in Omaha. Throughout his over three-decade career, Lt. Loveless also spent 20 of those years being aligned with the Nebraska State Patrol’s SWAT team.

Colonel John Bolduc, who is the Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, had the following to say about his colleague who recently passed:

“Craig was universally admired throughout our State Patrol family. His bravery on our SWAT Teams, his expertise in training new troopers, and his leadership in the field have left a lasting impact on the State Patrol and all who worked alongside Craig.”

The Colonel relayed the sentiment that Lt. Loveless’ dedication to the patrol and his home state has undoubtedly made their community all the safer:

“We’re all better for having worked with Craig. Without question, he’s made Nebraska a safer place through his service and the lasting effect he has had on our agency. ur hearts are with Craig’s fiancé and his children during this difficult time.”

Lt. Loveless leaves behind his fiancée, three children, two grandchildren, and his sister. His services were held on May 13th at the Lifegate Church in Omaha and was laid to rest in the Westlawn Hillcrest cemetery.

He spent his life serving his state and community and clearly left an impact on those who worked alongside with and knew him. We at Law Enforcement Today extend our prayers to the family and friends of this fallen hero.

In Belvider, Illinois on April 30, the law enforcement community lost another officer. 

Deputy Scott Bowers of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office was just 37 years old. He was reportedly working from home when he suffered a heart attack. 

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According to a press release by the BCSO:

“It is with deep regret the Boone County Sheriff’s Office announces the sudden passing of Deputy Scott Bowers, age 37. On Thursday, April 30, 2020, Deputy Bowers suffered an apparent heart attack while working at home.

“Deputy Bowers, a 12 year veteran, spent most of his law enforcement career working as an undercover narcotic detective for the Sheriff’s Office and as a member of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force.

“The members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office offer our deepest condolences to the Bowers family. We ask that you keep the Bowers family and our law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

“Rest easy hero, your watch has ended. We’ll hold the line from here.”

There was a large procession for Deputy Bowers following a small private ceremony. 

Boone County Sheriff Dave Ernest said:

“Deputy Bowers was one of those officers that actually everybody loved. He was so loved and well respected by his peers.

“Touched a lot of people, pure quality individual. He’s truly going to be missed.

“He built quite a network of peers throughout this entire region. All of the undercover narcotics guys in the entire region are suffering. He was that good of a guy.

“I can’t say enough about Scott. I wish I had 20 more of him honestly because he was that good. He was just so dependable.”

Bowers is survived by his wife of 13 years, Melissa, and two children, Brayden and Brooklyn.

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