Hero Down: Nebraska State Trooper Dale Fahnholz Dies Following Medical Emergency

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Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Dale Fahnholz served his department for 26 years.

Kearney, NE – Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Trooper Dale Fahnholz died on March 1 after suffering a medical emergency at his home.

The 47-year-old trooper was rushed to Kearney Regional Hospital, where he passed away, the NSP said in a press release on Monday.

“Today is a sad day for our entire Nebraska State Patrol family,” NSP Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc said in the release. “Dale served Nebraska with honor for 26 years and was well known throughout central Nebraska. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues in Troop C during this difficult time.”

Trooper Fahnholz’s career with the highway patrol began in 1994, when he was hired as a carrier enforcement officer stationed in Fort Platte.

He transitioned to a trooper position in Lexington the following year.

Trooper Fahnholz had been serving in the Kearney area since 1997, where he spent time working in both the Investigative Services and Patrol Divisions.

“He was a quick-witted person with a great sense of humor and had a way of finding a connection with so many people,” according to his obituary. “He was a loyal and generous husband, father and friend. His generosity showed in how he went out of his way to help people, even with a binder filled with thank you letters from people over the years who he helped out on the road.”

He especially treasured spending time with his family.

Trooper Fahnholz leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Amy, and their sons, Bryan and Jack.

He is also survived by his mother, sisters, and many friends and extended family members.

Trooper Fahnholz will be laid to rest on Thursday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Dale Fahnholz, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (4)

 My condolences to State Patrol Trooper Dale Fahnholz's wife, children, and the rest of his immediate and extended family.

As well as his Blue Family!
I'm grateful it wasn't in the line of duty, but I'm still heart broken because he's SO young and one of those guys that obviously had a great heart, loved people, and went out of his way to show it.

I can't access Twitter.

Would someone get a link to the Shea family so I might make a donation in the Spirit of Giving that Officer Fanzholz was known for?

Please reply here with it.
Thank you very much,

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RIP Trooper Fahnholz. Your life mattered.


Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Brother...


My condolences.

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