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Published Monday    October 13, 2008
Officer Andreasen remembered as a mentor
BY SUSAN SZALEWSKI
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


 


Gerald Andreasen — a dedicated Omaha police officer and family man — was eager to get back to his job as a uniformed patrol officer and bomb squad member, his supervisor said.


Andreasen, 46, had suffered a heart attack in May and underwent bypass surgery. He returned to work at a desk job until he could fully recover, said Sgt. Tom Muller of the police bomb squad.


Andreasen's death Saturday caught his fellow police officers off-guard. Muller said Sunday night that he did not know the cause. The family was not available for comment.


"As far as I know, everything was going very well" with the recovery, Muller said.


Andreasen was taken by ambulance Saturday to a hospital, where he died, the sergeant said.


Survivors include Andreasen's wife, Debbie, and two daughters. Although he enjoyed his job, he put his family first, Muller said.


Andreasen served almost 20 years as an Omaha police officer, with 12 years on the bomb squad.


He was a police firearms instructor and a gifted teacher, Muller said. "Without even knowing it, he was working as an instructor to the younger guys" on the bomb squad, the sergeant said.


Andreasen worked as a patrol officer in the city's northwest precinct before his heart attack. His most recent position was at the front desk at police headquarters.


The Eagle Scout and Creighton Prep graduate earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Funeral services were pending.


• Contact the writer: 444-1272, news@owh.com

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God Bless him and his family. I remember him from when I was a teenager from the neighborhood and he first became an officer. Later in life I got to work with him at past jobs where he was dispatched to calls. He seemed like a good guy. Rest In Peace.
 
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