NMC Grieves The Loss of Cheyla Pettett

  • Date: August 15, 2016
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

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On August 8, Cheyla Pettett, an incoming student within Nebraska Methodist College's inaugural Occupational Therapy class, was struck and killed by a vehicle.

We ask that you keep her family and fiancé in your prayers during this terrible time.

"She had such a passion for helping others," said Dr. Melissa Kimmerling, director of the Occupational Therapy program. "Even in my brief time with Cheyla, her positivity and determination shown through. Those traits as well as the kindness she brought to every interaction would have made Cheyla an incredible Occupational Therapist. I'm so heartbroken for her family, her fiancé and for the many, many patients who would have benefitted from her compassion in practice."

Dr. Dennis Joslin, president and CEO of NMC, echoed those sentiments:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cheyla's entire family. It is with a heavy heart that I read about the terrible crash that took place on the morning of August 8. Cheyla's determination was second to none and it is an absolute tragedy that this incident took place just as she was getting ready to embark upon exciting new chapters in both her personal and professional life. We pray that her and her loved ones find comfort in their time of need. The entire community of Nebraska Methodist College grieves for the loss of this incredible young woman."

Nebraska Methodist College has made staff available for grief counseling.

The new OT classroom mural will be dedicated to Cheyla as a means of honoring her spirit and the passion she brought to Nebraska Methodist College and the Occupational Therapy realm. It is our hope that her compassion will live on through the kind actions of every student who enters Occupational Therapy with the intent of helping others.