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OPPD honors the fallen with dedication to safety

May 24, 2018 | Laura King-Homan | OPPD employees, powerful life, safety
Day of Remembrance

For the sixth straight year, OPPD held its Day of Remembrance with a moving ceremony honoring the memories of the 18 employees who have died in the line of duty.

This year’s ceremony was held at the district’s Elkhorn Service Center. In addition to honoring the employees, the ceremony also included a district-wide moment of silence at 7:45 a.m., on May 24.

OPPD President and CEO Tim Burke led the ceremony.

“This day is dedicated to the men who unselfishly sacrificed their lives in the line of duty,” Burke said.

He then explained how the utility remains diligent and thorough in safety for all employees.

The sacrifices of these employees is not lost on the men and women who work for OPPD today.

“Because of the previous sacrifices, OPPD is a safer place to work,” said Bruce Hamel, working line crew leader. “Thank you, family members.”

The Day of Remembrance was the idea of OPPD employees, Jackie Jensen and John Thurber. The event was livestreamed for viewing by OPPD employees across the district. You can view the presentation given Thursday morning at

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About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is the supervisor, Brand and Communication Operations, at Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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