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Omaha Police Foundation honors officers; announces 2016 Officer of the Year

Medal of Valor recipient Officer Robbie Goering-Jensen was selected from among the honorees as the 2016 Officer of the Year. (Photo: Omaha Police Foundation)

The Omaha Police Foundation presented its 17th annual Officer of the Year Awards Luncheon Thursday at the Scott Conference Center.

Twenty-seven officers and two units were recognized for their outstanding work in the prior year. Awards presented during the event were Chief of Police Letter of Commendation, Police Ribbon of Unit Excellence, Police Ribbon of Excellence, Police Lifesaving Medal, and, the Department’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor.

For the first time, a Community Impact Award was also presented.

Medal of Valor recipient Officer Robbie Goering-Jensen was selected from among the honorees as the 2016 Officer of the Year.

In December of 2015, Goering-Jensen and Officer Anthony Abboud reported a house fire while on a call and then responded to assist. Upon arrival, Goering-Jensen was advised that several people were still inside the home.

He entered the burning house three times until everyone was rescued. For his actions in saving three lives that day, Goering-Jensen was awarded the Lifesaving Medal and the Medal of Valor.

For his heroic efforts at great personal risk to himself, he was also honored as the 2016 Officer of the Year.

For the first time, the Omaha Police Foundation presented a Community Impact Award to the Omaha Police Department Gang Unit for its efforts to clean our streets of hundreds of dangerous and violent criminals and to mentor and support local at-risk youth. Lieutenant Ken Kanger accepted the award on the Unit’s behalf.

In their honor, a cash donation of $1,000 was provided to the Gang Unit’s youth outreach programs.

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