Honoring the Fallen
A crowd of first responders and community members gathered on the steps of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon in honor of Peace Officer Memorial Day.
Sheriff Scott Matheny said a career in law enforcement is a calling. However, it looks very little like the TV shows, in which even the most complex cases turn out perfectly at the end of each hour.
On average in the United States, a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty every 58 hours.
Matheny told the crowd that although nationwide there were 11 fewer deaths in 2018 than there were in 2017, already in 2019, 41 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty.
We don’t just police the community, we are the community.
– Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny
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The Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy keeps a record of all those fallen officers and their stories online here. A statewide ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 17 at 11 a.m. in Douglas.
Representatives of each agency read aloud from the Roll Call of Fallen Wyoming Officers and Emergency Personnel in the state.
The 21-gun salute and taps were presented by the Honor Guard representing the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Gillette Police Department, and Wyoming Highway Patrol.