Rick Staack, a highly decorated law enforcement officer known by many across Sarpy County, has died.
Staack, a deputy with the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office, battled a form of brain cancer, anaplastic astrocytoma, since June 2011. He passed away Wednesday at about 11 a.m., according to a press release by Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis.
A 24-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, Staack was an investigator who became a deputy on Jan. 8, 1989. He had worked the Jail, Road Patrol and Narcotics divisions, and he was an active member in the Emergency Services Unit and Bike Team.
The Sarpy County communities have come together to support Staack during his battle with cancer. Several fundraisers, including recent donations at local La Masa resturants and Belvedere Hall in Papillion, have been held to help with his medical expenses.
Staack leaves a wife Shelley, two sons and a stepson among his survivors. In addition to his law enforcement career, the seventh-degree blackbelt was the owner and master trainer of Gretna Tae Kwon Do for 17 years.
Funeral services are pending, according to the sheriff's press release. Donations for his medical expenses have been colleced by the Omaha Police Federal Credit Union.