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"She will never be forgotten;" Local law enforcement remember Amanda Baker

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"She was not just a corrections officer, she was our sister, our family. And even though she will be sorely, sorely missed, she will not be forgotten," said Ron Johns, Director of the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.

Law enforcement officers from across the county gathered today to remember the fallen officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty- including one of our own.

Corrections Officer Amanda Baker lost her life earlier this year after she was strangled by an inmate at the Juvenile Detention Center.

"Amanda didn't deserve what happened to her, she didn't provoke it, but that didn't matter in her case, nor does it matter in the vast majority of cases of line of duty deaths of law enforcement officers," said Sheriff Mark Overman.

A special law enforcement memorial was held on the lawn of the courthouse this morning, where Amanda’s family was presented medals in honor of Amanda from the American Police Hall of Fame.  

Officers say Amanda was well liked, and will forever be missed.

"I can't tell you how much Amanda meant to us and how sorely she will be missed, but I know she's up in heaven watching over the rest of us," said Johns.

Sheriff Overman says it wasn’t who Amanda was, it was who she represented. "Amanda’s death is a reminder to everyone who wears a badge that we stand between the good and evil in this world,” he said.

Overman said while on life support after the attack, Amanda's organs went to help others n need.

He says a 28-year-old woman and a mother of five both received organs that helped save their lives. 

Amanda Baker’s name was added to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial in Grand Island earlier this week, her name will also be added to the National Memorial in Washington D.C.  
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