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Hero Down: Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Nicholas Goodwin Found Dead Of Suicide In Patrol Car Outside Station

Scottsbluff, NE – Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Trooper Nicholas Goodwin was found dead inside his patrol car from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Aug. 5.

The 37-year-old trooper’s body was discovered inside his patrol vehicle parked outside the NSP office in Scottsbluff, KODY reported.

The Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation into Trooper Goodwin’s death.

“Our entire Nebraska State Patrol family is grieving today,” NSP Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc told KCAU. “Trooper Goodwin was a dedicated public servant and a close friend to many of our teammates. Notably, Nick was a rock for our agency, as well as the family of Trooper Jerry Smith, upon Trooper Smith’s passing in 2019.”

NSP Trooper Smith, 51, was killed in the line of duty when an oncoming pickup crossed the center line and slammed into his patrol car.

“Nick’s family, as well as Jerry’s family, are in our hearts at this sad time,” Col Bolduc said.

Trooper Goodwin served the NSP for 14 years and was assigned to the Carrier Enforcement Division in Scottsbluff at the time of his death, KCAU reported.

He leaves behind his parents, Lyle and Janice, and his brother, Matthew, according to his obituary.

Trooper Goodwin is also survived by his aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Law enforcement officers lined the highway on Aug. 9 as Trooper Goodwin’s body was escorted to Iowa for his memorial service, News Channel Nebraska reported.

He was laid to rest on Aug. 12, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Trooper Nicholas Goodwin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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