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Today is the last day in office for Col. John Butler, administrator and commanding officer of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Col. Butler has served the State of Wyoming as a member of the Patrol for nearly 30 years. In a farewell letter to Patrol personnel, Col. Butler said, "It may be a cliché, but what I will miss the most is the people who work here and those contacts you make along the way. It is comforting to know that the citizens of Wyoming have you to continue to serve and watch over them!" Col. Butler began his WHP career in September 1985 as a recruit. His 12-member...
A rollover crash on May 28th involving a commercial truck and trailer resulted in over 4000 gallons of diesel leaking from the tanker. The crash occurred at mile post 55 on US Highway 89 at 6:19 a.m. approximately 30 miles south of Afton, Wyoming. Joshua Burrup, a 36 year old resident of Chubbuck, Idaho, was driving the 2015 Kenworth hauling diesel fuel at the time of the crash for Hansen Oil Company out of Soda Springs, Idaho. Mr. Burrup sustained minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital. Mr. Burrup was cited for failing to maintain a single lane of travel. Contributing factors in...
US 20-26-WY 789 is closed through Wind River Canyon about midway between Shoshoni and Thermopolis due to a series of mudslides at 10 locations. WYDOT has heavy equipment working to clear the mud from the highway, and a contractor is being hired to assist in the effort. The largest of the slides covers about 350 yards of the highway, with mud depths ranging from 3 to 8 feet. WYDOT geologists will assess the slides to assist in making the decision when it is safe to reopen the highway.
This week (May 10th - 16th) is National Peace Officer Memorial Week and is dedicated to honoring the courage and saluting the sacrifice to the 117 police officers lost in 2014 and all others in years past. On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. We remember and honor our lost Wyoming Highway Patrol Patrolmen and Troopers William Barnett - 1965 Pete Visser - 1981 Chris Logsdon - 1998 "The wicked...
Lieutenant Tom Adams is the Division I Supervisor in Lander and will officially be retired today after over 31 years of service to the citizens of Wyoming. Lieutenant Adams began his career with the Patrol on May 5th, 1984 and was initially stationed in Farson. Lieutenant Adams promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on June 1st, 2007 to the area supervisor of Division P, Elk Mountain. Lieutenant Adams transferred to the Lander division that covers the Fremont County area in June of 2011. Lieutenant Adams has forever been a strong advocate for the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Highway Patrol...
Although the Patrol's first official day of existence was June 1, 1933, its roots go back another 12 years. Paving the way for establishing the Patrol was the dissolution of the Wyoming Department of Law Enforcement, which had been created to enforce liquor prohibition laws. The department's duties were later broadened to include enforcement of motor vehicle laws. By early 1933, prohibition was nearing an end contributing to the sentiment that an agency created to enforce "dry" laws was no longer needed.
Realizing that something was needed to fill this freshly created void in state law enforcement, Govenor Miller went before the Highway Commission and proposed establishing a Highway patrol. The Commission concurred. On May 23, 1933 the Highway Commission confirmed Captain George "Red" Smith as the first Commander of the patrol and hired six patrolmen to cover the state. The Patrolmen were paid $175 a month, were furnished an automobile, uniforms and Sam Browne belts and Brown riding boots.
Although June 1st was supposed the first day of existence, it was almost a week later before the new patrol cars were delivered and the seven men could begin their new duties.
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