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Bridge named in honor of man who died trying to save someone from flood waters

Posted at 6:28 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 07:28:53-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A re-built bridge will help honor a Nebraska hero.

A sign deems a bridge in Platte County the James Wilke Memorial Bridge. The bridge extends over Shell Creek where Wilke tried to help a person left stranded by flood waters.

The bridge collapsed and swept Wilke and his tractor away.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) offered the following statement today on tomorrow’s dedication of the James Wilke Memorial Bridge in rural Platte County, Nebraska: “Nothing can heal the heartache from the loss of farmer and first responder James Wilke, who gave his life trying to save a person stranded in their car during last year’s floods. But here’s something good: The James Wilke Memorial Bridge opens tomorrow in rural Platte County, Nebraska."

The Congressman thanked Wilkes family and the Platte County Board of Supervisors for making the tribute.