Lt. COL. DENNIS NIELSON AND SHERIFF DREW
July 18, 2014, while having lunch, Sheriff Drew happened upon Retired Lt. Col. Dennis Nielson of the 185th Air Guard, here in Sioux City. Lt. Col. Nielson was back in Sioux City with his family for the 25th anniversary of the United Flight 232 crash at Sioux Gateway Airport on July 19, 1989. Lt. Col. Nielson was forever memorialized as one of the first responders and a symbol of Siouxland in the wake of the plane crash. Gary Anderson, journalist and photographer for the Sioux City Journal, took a photo of Lt. Col. Nielson carrying 3 year old Spencer Bailey from the wreckage. Later, that photo was used for a sculpture to memorialize the plane crash, which stands down on the riverfront, in Sioux City. Thank you and God Bless all of the people that responded to that horrific event that day. Those that responded will forever define the Siouxland community we live in.
R.I.P. K9 Rudy
It is with heavy hearts that the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office announces the passing of eleven year veteran K9 Deputy Rudy. K9 Rudy was handled by Veteran Deputy Sheriff and K9 handler Todd Trobaugh. Rudy worked the street until he was 14 years old and just recently retired from a very productive career. Rudy was trained to do it all. Rudy found drugs, made criminal apprehensions, did article searches, found lost children and elderly people and was a great ambassador for the sheriff's office doing multiple K9 demonstrations during his career. Rudy also sired a number of K9's currenlty working for the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office and the Sioux City Police Department. With everything Rudy accomplished however, he made his biggest impact in life on his best friend and handler, Deputy Todd Trobaugh. God Bless Rudy, Todd and his family during this difficult time.