OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) announced the death of 54-year-old Lt. Craig Loveless who passed away Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Lt. Loveless joined NSP in 1987 and served for 33 years.
“Craig was universally admired throughout our State Patrol family,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His bravery on our SWAT Teams, his expertise in training new troopers, and his leadership in the field have left a lasting impact on the State Patrol and all who worked alongside Craig.”
He started his career in the Patrol Division, stationed in Omaha, later transferring to Investigative Services where he spent several years repressing NSP on the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force.
In 2005, Lt. Loveless was promoted to Sergeant at the NSP Training Academy in Grand Island and served there for 9 years.
According to NSP, roughly 25% of all current NSP Troopers went through basic recruit camp while Lt. Loveless was instructing at the Training Academy.
Additionally, Lt. Loveless served in SWAT for 20 years and was the Special Operations Coordinator during his time in Grand Island.
He was promoted to Lieutenant for the Patrol Division in Omaha in 2014, where he served for the rest of his career.
“We’re all better for having worked with Craig. Without question, he’s made Nebraska a safer place through his service and the lasting effect he has had on our agency,” said Colonel Bolduc. “Our hearts are with Craig’s fiancé and his children during this difficult time.”
Funeral arrangements are pending, according to NSP.