Retired Nebraska Police Sergeant Dies After Fire at Home
OMAHA, NE. – November 6, 2018 - A retired Nebraska police sergeant died November 2 after a fire broke out at his home, according to an online news story from omaha.com.*
On October 30, 66-year-old Jamie Leavitt was at his home in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. A fire somehow broke out on his deck, catching Leavitt’s clothes on fire in the process. A woman next door came over with a fire extinguisher and put out the fire, but Leavitt had already suffered burn injuries to approximately 75 percent of his body.
Leavitt was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center, then transferred to the burn unit of St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He sadly died from his injuries on November 2.
The cause of the fire has not been officially determined, but firefighters have developed a theory about what happened. Fort Calhoun Fire Chief Dan Mallory said officials believed Leavitt tripped over a propane heater on the deck, which caused his clothes and the deck to catch fire. Mallory said Leavitt was home alone, and conditions were windy.
“We think the wind flared up and caused his clothes to catch fire,” Mallory said.
When the neighbor arrived with the fire extinguisher, all of Leavitt’s clothes had been burned away, Mallory said.
Leavitt had a 30-year career with the Omaha Police Department and retired as a sergeant. He received several commendations during his career, including for apprehending a suspect in an armed robbery while off duty in 1986. He is survived by a wife, of Fort Calhoun; two sons, of Omaha and Marietta, Georgia; two daughters, of Bothell, Washington, and Shawnee, Kansas; and five grandchildren.
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