Hundreds Honor Boone County Sheriff

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More than 80 law enforcement members gathered in Albion on Wednesday to salute Sheriff Dave Spiegel one last time.

"He was what I would consider the epitome of a law enforcement officer," says Trooper Timothy Stopak, a long-time friend and colleague of Spiegel's. "He was very proud of the uniform, regardless of which one he wore."

And Spiegel wore several, most recently as Boone County Sheriff, but before that as a Nebraska State Trooper and SWAT team leader.

Fellow officers say Spiegel, who lost a battle with cancer and died on Saturday, was a husband, father, and grandfather. But he was also a friend to many.

"I'm obviously a better man today because I've known Dave now for a few years, and he's definitely helped me out in my personal life as well as law enforcement," says Boone County Chief Deputy Denny Johnson.

Departments from several counties away came to escort Spiegel and his family.

"His influence reached far and wide, and the attendance here today at his funeral is a testament to just what kind of a person he was, what kind of an officer he was, and just really what kind of a man he was," says Stopak.

Hundreds of community members filled Zion Lutheran Church as well. Johnson says the outreach has been overwhelming and much appreciated.

"Several surrounding counties and people calling our office in support, offering anything for us to get through these days," he says. "To be in a rural community like this and several small communities around us - the support that we get and have for one another is unfounded, you just don't get that everywhere."

Officer say that even though the ceremony honoring Spiegel is over, they plan to use the lessons he taught them to carry on his legacy.

"Hopefully we can carry on the things that he taught us, hopefully we can carry the torch that he's passed on," says Stopak.