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Hero Down: Saunders County Deputy Jeff Hermanson Dies After On-Duty Medical Emergency

Wahoo, NE – Saunders County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Deputy Jeff Hermanson died in the line of duty on June 22 after suffering a medical emergency at work.

Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz said the 45-year-old deputy began feeling ill after he arrested a suspect accused of stealing a car, KETV reported.

Deputy Hermanson later passed away at Saunders Medical Center, according to his obituary.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Deputy Jeff Hermanson early this morning,” the SCSO said in a Facebook post later that day.

Deputy Hermanson’s cause of death was believed to be related to a heart issue, KETV reported.

The Cedar Bluffs High School graduate began his law enforcement career working at the Saunders County Jail, according to his obituary.

He completed the law enforcement academy in 2001 and began working for the Wahoo Police Department (WPD) while simultaneously serving the SCSO in a part-time capacity.

“In 2007 he became full-time for Saunders County and fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a K-9 Handler,” according to his obituary.

Deputy Hermanson was also a dedicated member of the Cedar Bluffs Volunteer Fire Department (CBFD).

“Jeff had been a long term member of our department and pivotal in the growth of our department,” the CBFD said in a Facebook post. “He was a trusted provider in the ambulance, a top notch firefighter, and most skilled at increasing morale within the department. Our hearts are heavy, and sending support to his family and brothers in blue.”

He leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Cindi, who was also his high school sweetheart.

Deputy Hermanson is also survived by his two sons, 17-year-old Brayden and 13-year-old Carter, as well as his parents, siblings, grandparents, in-laws, nephews, nieces, and many friends and extended family members.

“Jeff was no stranger to anyone he met, quickly making you a friend,” his obituary read. “He loved to entertain and make everyone laugh. His ability to light up a room will be greatly missed.”

Deputy Hermanson was laid to rest on June 28.

“He will be greatly missed by all of our employees,” the SCSO said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. #9066, gone but not forgotten…..”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Saunders County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Hermanson, 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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