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(Neb)-Sidney Recognized For April Blizzard Response  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/11/2018 11:56 PM
SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - Ten public and private agencies and a number of individual volunteers, were honored Thursday in Sidney for helping rescue and care for more than 100 motorists stranded on Interstate 80 during last month's blizzard.

     At one point in the blizzard, snowplows from the Nebraska Dept of Transportation led a convoy of school buses and police vehicles to the freeway where every stranded individual was contacted and taken to motels or a shelter at the First United Methodist Church.

    Governor Pete Ricketts said the "spirit of Nebraska" shown through in the way everyone came together to help during the storm.

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Nebraska State Patrol Colonel John Bolduc told the ceremony at Sidney High School that the key was the way everyone came together to ensure the safety of those trapped in the storm, crediting the teamwork for the fact that no lives were lost despite the extreme weather

   Honored with special plaques were the State Patrol, Dept of Transportation, Sidney Police, Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, Region 21 Emergency Management, Regional West Medical Center, First United Methodist Church of Sidney, and Sonny's Super Foods along with individual volunteers.


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