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On This Date In 1979 The Unthinkable Happened In Nebraska

On July 12, 1979, the small community of Waterloo, Nebraska was struck by an unthinkable tragedy when first responders here died after responding to a false alarm.

According to new reports, five first responders in this small town along the Platte River in eastern Nebraska were called out to assist a car that was seen in a ditch.

Enroute, their journey would be cut short by an oncoming train and three of the first responders died as a result.

In 1979, Waterloo, Nebraska had 450 residents. Today there are just shy of 900. With another anniversary comes another memorial for the fearless lives of the lost first responders in Waterloo. Their dedication to the Waterloo community surely will never be forgotten.

Anniversaries of tragedy are opportunities to honor the fallen. This is Nebraska’s chance to join Waterloo in doing so today.

Nebraska has had its share of tragedy. Read here about another horrible day in our state.

Robin Jarvis
Robin Jarvis is a staff writer for OnlyInYourState.com. She's traveled to five of the seven continents and currently lives 35-feet in the air in a treehouse in the Southeastern U.S. When she's not writing, she's dreaming of her next trip.