Our hearts are breaking for so many in Nebraska. Today, the sky is blue and the temperature is rising, a stark contrast to just 24 hours ago, when a blizzard hit and flood waters savaged our state.
And now, reports of the damage and loss begin to surface.
Jodi Hefti took to Facebook to tell the world about James Wilke.
“James got on his tractor like he has 100’s if not 1,000’s of times before and he headed down the road. This time would end differently though, he would never return home. With the guidance of emergency responders, James drove his tractor over the Shell Creek bridge on the Monestary Road and the bridge gave out. James and the tractor went down into the flood water below. James’ body was recovered later in the afternoon along the creek bed close to their home. Those who know James know it was his way of telling his wife, family and friends goodbye and that he is “home”.
“Not all HEROES wear capes or uniforms,” said Hefti. “I know a TRUE HERO who wore a T-shirt, blue jeans, work boots and drove a John Deer Tractor.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who knew James.