Update: Funeral Set For Firefighter Killed In Motorcycle Accident

By: WOWT 6 News Email
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Visitation: Monday, June 2nd

4pm to 8pm

Bethany Lutheran Church

4200 N. 204th St.

Omaha, NE

FuneralTuesday, June 3


Bethany Lutheran Church

4200 N. 204th St.

Omaha, NE

Graveside Service: Immediately following funeral service

Prospect Hill Cemetery

21901 W. Maple Rd.

Elkhorn, NE


A motorcyclist killed in a crash with a pickup near Waterloo, Nebraska Friday morning has been identified as Omaha firefighter Scott Petersen. His funeral is planned for Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Petersen was going northbound on 240th Street when a southbound truck crossed the center line and hit him head-on south of Pacific Street around 12:20 a.m.

The pickup driver from Fremont was not hurt. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department says alcohol is believed to have been a factor and charges are pending against the truck driver.

As of Monday, they were still awaiting results on a blood test.

Petersen served as a firefighter for the Elkhorn and Omaha departments. He leaves behind a wife and children.

Steve LeClair, with the Firefighters Union, said, “He was a highly skilled, highly trained professional. He was part of the Nebraska Task Force Hazmat Special Ops. He was on initial response at the International Nutrition explosion and everything associated with that incident.”

The firefighter’s extended family is mourning his death and wrapping their arms around those close to the people the first responder left behind.

LeClair said, “Our immediate concern is the family - making sure any needs that the family has make sure those are being met and taking care of those. Our initial reaction is make contact with the family to support them and help them as much as we can.”

There have been a number of accidents in this area over the past few weeks. It’s wide open with only a yellow line separating fast-moving traffic from both directions.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Captain Eric Sellers said, “We've noticed it, just like any of you have but there’s nothing that really stands out in our minds or anything we can see that shows us why accidents are occurring out there.”

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert issued the following statement on Friday afternoon: "I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Scott Petersen. Scott provided a tremendous public service to the citizens of Omaha. His sudden death is a tragic loss for his wife and children and the Omaha Fire Department."

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