The Nebraska State Patrol has added a new member to their team, Trooper Buck L. Up, the agency's newest mascot.
Trooper Buck was added to the team at a badging ceremony Monday morning at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
"We are very excited to unveil
our new mascot," said Colonel David Sankey, who had the honor of pinning the badge on the new mascot. "Trooper Buck will be used by our troopers across the state promoting our agency's mission of saving lives on
Trooper Buck will attend safety presentations at community and organizational events across the state, providing a fun presence for all.
"From the detail on his uniform to his name, it is our hope
Trooper Buck will engage the young and the young at heart, as we work to
encourage everyone to wear their seat belt, every trip every time," explained Sankey.
Trooper Buck was created by
Street Characters Inc. for $9,000. Funding was provided by a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
Trooper Buck is joining the patrol's current inflatable mascot,
Trooper Ted, who debuted in 2004.