By Nataly Tavidian, Grand Island/Hastings Reporter - email
Twenty years after being murdered in the line of duty, Officer Joel Conklin's memory lives on.
Conklin was murdered while on duty after three short years of being police officer. It happened around 10 p.m. on October 9, 1993. He is survived by his daughter, Tracey, and wife, Debra.
Debra spoke at his memorial saying, "Please be safe and go home to your families at night."
Conklin was 37 years old when he died while responding to a report of a disturbance; giving the ultimate sacrifice.
Captain Gene Boner knew Conklin personally. Cpt. Boner said, "It's a noble profession. People are giving up their lives. Anybody who is willing to do that and gives the ultimate sacrifice deserves to be honored and remember for that."
Officer Paul Weber of Hastings PD has been with the department for 32 years, he said he remembers everything "like it was yesterday." Weber said, "Joel was your best friend he would give you his shirt off his back."
In the history of Hastings PD, Conklin is one of only two fallen officers.