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Gregg "Nigel" Benner
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Gregg "Nigel" Benner, age 49, was killed in the line of duty on Monday, May 25, 2015 in the city he proudly served.

He was born on October 8, 1965 at Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base (Oklahoma) to John and Glenda (Pretty) Benner. In May of 1988, Nigel entered into a 22-year career with the US Air Force. He retired from the USAF as a Master Sergeant in April 2011. His medals and awards were numerous which include the Meritorious Service, Air Force Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Good Conduct Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Medal with 1 Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Service Star, Global War On Terrorism Medal, and Korean Defense Medal, just to name a few.

Retirement did not last long and he pursued his dream of becoming a police officer. The City of Rio Rancho was very fortunate that he became "one of their own." He was a well-respected, deeply devoted, and intelligent officer. He was known for his pleasant demeanor, both on and off the job. His favorite hobby was his riding his ATV. Nigel lived a life of service to his country and community, but most importantly, to his family.

He is survived by his wife and source of strength, Julie Ann Benner, of Rio Rancho, NM; children, Sharon Vince and partner, Alex Twiggs, of London, England, Tanya Blount and husband, Kevin, of Brunswick, GA, Tracey Gray and husband, Martin, of Swindon, England, Bryony Vince-Benner and partner, Andrew Chatfield, of Redditch, England, Samantha Roberts of Grand Forks, ND, and Jennifer Benner of Terrell, TX; seven grandchildren, Kayleigh, Jemma, Sophie, Blake, Payton, Wyatt, Lena and two grandchildren due within the next 2 months; mother, Glenda Benner of England; sisters, Julie Benner of Sweden and Janine Benner of England; nieces and nephew, Rosie, Molly and Samuel, of England; aunt, Linda Boice; step-mother, Doris Benner of Omaha, NE; family of Josephine Finch; Peter Finch; Andy and Belinda Finch; Kevin Finch; Kerry, Paul, Bethany, Ryan, Nathan and Siany Brooks; Kieran, Shelley, Ethan, Zachary and Riley Brooks; Paul Tolzmann, Carole Tolzmann, of Rio Rancho; David Tolzmann, of Rio Rancho; Michael Tolzmann, of Rio Rancho; Brian, Lynda and Nate Johnson, of Rio Rancho; Pops and Mom, of Rio Rancho; his fellow officers of the Rio Rancho Police Department; and many other family and friends.

- See more at:

- Rio Rancho Observer article on Nigel

- Albuquerque Journal article on Nigel

- Officer Down Memorial Page

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