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Police Investigator honored for Valor

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Aurelia grad helps save fellow officer's life

KEARNEY, Neb. - On Monday, Oct. 29, Attorney General Jon Bruning presented Alliance Police Investigator Colleen Busch with the Certificate of Valor. This award was presented at the Police Officer's Association & Nebraska Sheriff's Association Fall Conference in Kearney.

Colleen (Haselhoff) Busch
This award was submitted by Chief E. John Kiss of the Alliance Police Department for Busch's actions that occurred during a hostage situation June 12 at Thiele's Pharmacy in Alliance.

Busch, a 1993 graduate of Aurelia High School, is the daughter of Bob and Cindy Haselhoff of Aurelia.

Investigator Busch was dispatched to the pharmacy. Officer Kirk Felker had arrived before she did and took a tactical position. Investigator Busch observed Officer Felker exit the pharmacy and saw that he had been severely wounded. Investigator Busch left her position of cover and without regard for her own safety ran out from cover to help Officer Felker. Investigator Busch removed her belt and tied off Officer Felker's arm. She then assisted Officer Felker some 75 yards to an awaiting ambulance.

Investigator Busch came to the courageous aid of a fellow police officer during a very dangerous situation. If not for this act of heroism, Officer Felker's life may have been sacrificed. As tragic as this ordeal was for all persons involved, this Extraordinary Act of Service exemplified professionalism in law enforcement to the highest degree.

Busch said she was surprised and humbled by the award, as she was "just doing (her) job. "

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