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Volunteer killed while responding to motorist in need on Highway 75

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 17:39:05-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Update:

The Nebraska Motorist Assist Program volunteer who was killed on Highway 75 was laid to rest on Tuesday. Nebraska State Patrol shared the following on Twitter:

Previous story from 7/30/20

On Thursday, a volunteer with the Nebraska Motorist Assist Program (MAMA) was killed in crash on Highway 75 southbound, near Q Street, while responding to a motorist in need call.

The man killed, 70-year-old John Holcomb, served as a volunteer since 2014 and logged thousands of hours in the service to others, said a Nebraska State Patrol representative.

Officials at a press conference Thursday paid tribute to Holcomb and the impact he had on those he worked with and gave assistance to as part of the program:

70-Year-Old Volunteer Killed on Highway 75

“We send our deepest condolences to John’s family,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His service with the motorist assist program demonstrates his dedication to helping others and working to keep our roads safe. This is a tragic loss for his family, friends, and the entire motorist assist team.”

Nebraska State Patrol shared this tweet about Holcomb:

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts released the following Tweet in response to the incident:

An investigation is still ongoing by the Omaha Police Department.

MAMA has served Nebraskans since 1998 and operates with two-person teams. The other volunteer was not injured.