Driving to the autopsy of an 8-month-old girl killed by her mother’s boyfriend, Omaha Police Sgt. Nicolas Yanez pulled over and prayed.
“I didn’t think I would make it,” Yanez said of feeling sad and overwhelmed. “Being the father of two daughters myself, it was difficult. I really had to pray: ‘why am I being put in this position?’ I decided God wanted me to do this job, and he would give me strength.”
That kind of prayer life sustains Yanez, a member of St. Mary Parish in Bellevue, and countless other police officers – Catholics and those of other faiths – in squad rooms in Omaha, Nebraska, across the archdiocese and around the country.