Officers with Warterloo Police Department to receive Village Award Tuesday night

Posted at 7:35 AM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 08:35:20-04

WATERLOO, Neb. (KMTV)  — It's become a much quieter scene in Waterloo.

Just a couple of months ago, the town was flooded, so four officers stepped up.

"I don't think we could of let this pass, without giving them some recognition," Waterloo Police Chief Tim Donahue said.

Donahue tells us he's grateful for the men he works with every day.

"The work that these guys did over the flood event that we had was extraordinary," he said.

Sergeant Tom Lamb, along with officer Wes Chrisman and Lane Pacha will receive the Village Award Tuesday night.

"The guys stayed up with little to no sleep," Donahue said. A lot of us came in on Friday morning thinking okay we're gonna have a little bit of water like we did in 2011, which covered one lane of Maple Street ... [and] we could still get home," he said. By the end of the night all routes out of Waterloo and basically western Douglas County were closed."

The chief tells us those extra hours made a difference.

"They stayed on their own accord and helped out quite a bit over the next few days," Donahue said.

He tells us, he's thankful to have men who care so much for their community.

The officers will be honored tonight at 7 p.m., at Waterloo's town hall.