Officer's Toughest Villain Is Cancer

A lawman who has risked his life to protect others now faces the toughest culprit of all. A member of the Sarpy County SWAT team is battling cancer.

SWAT team armor protects our protectors from those who attack on the outside, but for sniper Rick Staack, the villain came at him from inside his head. He's fighting back against a brain tumor.

Lt. Kevin Griger has served with Staack on the SWAT team since it started years ago. “He's the guy that lays out there with the sniper rifle in the middle of the night for hours and hours while you're sleeping in your bed safely because people like him are willing to do that for you.”

Staack has kept in shape and the black belt in self-defense is not one to give up no matter what the odds.

A year ago, Sarpy County Deputy Ryan Faucett lost his fight with a brain tumor. Lt. Griger says the department of 130 has faced enough of that type of cancer in its ranks. “It’s unbelievable for the sheriff's office to have two deputies with brain tumors in the span of two years. It’s just unfathomable for us.”

Staack isn't up to talking now, but all who serve with him know he's fighting cancer like he did crime, all out.

There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Deputy Staack Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Belvedere, 201 East 1st Street in Papillion. Adults are $10, children $5 and $25 per family. All proceeds will go toward helping with medical bills.

Those who cannot attend but would like to make a donation should call the Omaha Police Federal Credit Union at 402-391-4040 or send money to the Omaha Police Federal Credit Union, 10791 South 72nd Street, Papillion, Nebraska 68046 in c/o Rick Staack.

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