U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement regarding the tragic death of State Trooper Jerry Smith in Morrill County Thursday morning.

“The men and women of Nebraska law enforcement selflessly work everyday to ensure the safety of our communities. Trooper Smith served our state as a Patrolman and our nation for decades in the U.S. Army. Melissa and I pray for Trooper Smith's family and friends during this difficult time."